I am a postdoctoral researcher at the Chair of Political Philosophy of the University of Zurich. My general research interests lie in normative political theory. Currently, I focus on contemporary democratic theory and study the potential of (innovative and traditional) political institutions to translate democratic principles into practice. I have been particularly interested in the question of the democratic credentials of democratic systems including popular vote processes (initiatives and referendums); my publications on the topic can be found here.
Previously, I was the doctoral fellow of the Zentrum für Demokratie Aarau and took part in the NCCR Democracy project and doctoral school at the University of Zurich, where I completed my PhD in political science (summa cum laude) in December 2019. I spent some time as a PhD visiting researcher at the European University Institute in Florence and at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Prior to that, I benefitted from visiting student positions at the Freie Universität Berlin and the University of Toronto while getting my BA and MA in political science at the University of Geneva.
Next to my position in Zurich, I am currently
- an associated researcher in the demoscan project, which experiments Citizens Initiative Review processes in Switzerland for the first time;
- a scientific collaborator at the University of Geneva for the organization of the “Forum citoyen” citizens’ assembly in Geneva;
- a member of the managing board of DemocracyNet, an association for researchers in democracy studies.
- CfR: “Approaches to political philosophy” colloquium series (April-May 2021, online)
A series of four talks to exchange on the kinds of topics with which political philosophers and theorists engage, the kinds of questions they raise, and how they go about answering them, organized with my colleagues Friedemann Bieber and Chiara Valsangiacomo.
- Blog posts by students of the University of Zurich: Who ought to get what, when, and why, in a just society?
A small symposium gathering students’ blog posts on questions of distributive justice, developed throughout the seminar “Distributive Justice” I taught in the Fall 2020, is now available here.