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Biography

I am a PhD researcher at the Department of Political and Social Sciences at the European University Institute in Florence. Supervised by Rainer Bauböck and Maarten Vink, he investigates the association between the degree to which states open up entry points for immigrants to settle in a receiving country and the degree to which it is more or less easy to obtain a passport of the host state. It is about the association of the openness of immigration regimes and the inclusiveness of citizenship regimes in terms of immigration and citzenship law. 

Further fields of research include democratic inclusion and the franchise in an age of migration as well as attitudinal and behavioral research in the realm of immigrant integration.

I hold a BA in Political Science (summa cum laude), a MA in World Society and Global Governance (summa cum laude) from the University of Lucerne, Switzerland, and a MRes from the European University Institute. During and after his studies, he also worked as a research associate, teaching assistant and junior lecturer at Department of Political Science in Lucerne.

I have also contributed to the GLOBALCIT Observatory as a research associate to help develop and code the ELECLAW indicators (database on electoral rights). I  continue to be involved in this ongoing and expanding project at the Robert Schuman Center for Advanced Studies at the EUI. In addition, I am an external research collaborator of the Immigration Policies in Comparison (IMPIC) project at the WZB Social Science Center in Berlin.

A contribution in the Journal of Common Market Studies, which I co-authored with Joachim Blatter (former mentor) and Andrea C. Blättler (academic colleague), has won the 2017 JCMS Best Article Prize.