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.
My interdisciplinary research is driven by a fascination for how European integration and globalisation have reshaped everyday life, and how people react to these changes in their political attitudes and identities. I study some of the main challenges in European politics, such as nationalism, euroscepticism, corruption and increasing inequality in the wake of recent crises such as the euro zone crisis and COVID-19.
I have 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.