My current research focuses on the potential of (innovative and traditional) political institutions (broadly understood) to translate democratic principles into practice. I have been particularly interested in the democratic credentials of democratic systems including popular vote processes (initiatives and referendums); my publications on the topic can be found here. A book on this topic, Government with the People, is currently on the making. A new research puzzle focuses on the question of citizens’ agenda-setting in democratic systems.
Previously, I was a postdoctoral and doctoral researcher at the Chair of political philosophy of the University of Zurich, where I completed my PhD in December 2019. I also held the doctoral fellowship of the Zentrum für Demokratie Aarau between 2014 and 2018. Before that, I received my BA and MA in political science from the University of Geneva. Along the way, I have benefitted from visiting positions at the Freie Universität Berlin (Erasmus), at the University of Toronto (international visiting graduate student), at the European University Institute in Florence (visiting doctoral student), at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver (visiting international research student), and at the Hirschman Center on Democracy of the Graduate Institute in Geneva (visiting fellow).