I am Associate Professor in Political Science at the University of Amsterdam where I am also co-director of the faculty research priority area ACES (Amsterdam Center for European Studies) and co-leader of the programme group Challenges to democratic representation. Previously, I worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Nuffield College at the University of Oxford. I obtained my PhD from the European University Institute in Florence.
The overarching question motivating my research is how European integration and globalization impact people’s daily lives, and how people react to these changes in their collective identities and political attitudes. I use a variety of cutting-edge research methods and collaborate across disciplines to study some of the main challenges that shape the conflicts of our time, such as nationalism, euroscepticism, and corruption in the wake of recent crises such as eurocrisis and COVID-19.
My pioneering research on transnational interactions and on EU solidarity helped establish these topics as burgeoning interdisciplinary research areas, and has received several awards, including the UACES Best Book Prize for my book Experiencing European Integration. Transnational Lives and European Identity (Oxford University Press 2015).
I have directed several large research projects, including a VENI and a VIDI project funded by the Dutch research Council, and have collaborated in international research consortia funded by the Volkswagen Foundation, NORFACE and H2020.
Originally from Innsbruck, Austria, I have lived in Germany, France, Spain, Italy, the UK and the US before settling in the Netherlands. I now live in Amsterdam with my husband and two children.