Short Bio

I am interested in politico-psychological and comparative approaches investigating dispositional and situational processes underlying ideological subscription. Having a penchant for psychometrics and random-effects models, I use these to evaluate current practices in the measurement of ideology. Open, cumulative and collaborative science enthusiast using #Rstats and #dataviz.


I am a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at the Graduate School of Cologne University, a German Excellence center. I am currently visiting Professor John Jost at the Social Justice Lab of New York University ensuing from a Fulbright Research Award. Together we are investigating the politico-psychological underpinnings of the 2016 American Elections.

In my research, I use comparative approaches and latent variable modelling to investigate the dispositional and situational processes underlying ideological subscription. I am also interested in survey methodology applied to the measurement of latent constructs. Projects I am currently working on, and I can share preliminaries (in progress) results can be found here. Published  research are delineated here

For my Ph.D., I conduct analyses on cross-national differences with respect to populist proclivities, as well as evaluate the validity and psychometric properties of Populist instruments. A summary of my doctoral dissertation project on the topic of Populism can be found here

I am affiliated with Cologne's Center for Comparative Politics, the Institute of Sociology and Social Psychology, and Team Populism. I was a visiting scholar (chercheur invité) at Sciences Po, CEVIPOF, Paris, France. I held visiting fellowships at Kent University, Amsterdam University, and Koblenz-Landau University.

I have taught statistical and R courses at Kent University and at Vrij Universiteit Amsterdam. Teaching materials, as well as slides from talks and conferences, are stored here.

Before undertaking a PhD, I worked as a research assistant at the Mathematical Institute of Leiden University, the Netherlands. I also assisted on teaching in a variety of statistics related courses at Leiden’s Faculty of Science in both undergraduate and graduate levels. Statistical tutorials, along with collected references, resources and lists which I have put together for myself on topics related to methods, statistics and R can be found here.

Also at Leiden University, I was formally educated in social psychology, political science & statistics. Detailed information are organized on my vitæ.

Lastly, as a mean to subsidize my studies, I worked as a statistical consultant for a number of departments at high-ranking universities. For information on this, please see here.


In my past non-academic life, I used to have time to go outside and take some photographs... you can find a few of them here.



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