Researcher (Project Officer) at the SFM and Visiting Research Fellow at the African Centre for Migration & Society at the University of the Witwatersrand.
His research focuses on reactions to immigration and diversity. This entails various aspects of politicization and attitudes in the area of immigration and ethnic groups. In a project funded by the SNIS and one funded by the SNSF he combine theory from economics, sociology, social psychology, and political science to explain individual attitudes towards foreigners.
Moreover, in the context of several projects, including the comparative Taking Sides (SNSF-funded) and European (FP7) project Support and Opposition to Migration he examined how, when, and why potential conflicts over migration become politicized.
Furthermore, he works on political representation and is involved in many projects of the SFM. In early 2015 he was a visiting scholar at the Department of Sociology, University of Kentucky. In 2012 he was a visiting fellow at the Department of Political Science, University of Vienna (funded by the SNSF).