Research Manager, University of Würzburg, 2023 –

Researcher, German Youth Institute (Deutsches Jugendinstitut), Munich, 2021 – 2023

Senior Programme Officer, International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance, Stockholm,  2018 – 2020

Associate Professor, Babeș-Bolyai University, Faculty for European Studies, Cluj-Napoca, 2016 – 2018

Principal Investigator, Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies, University of Munich, 2013 – 2019

Managing Director of the project network “Institutions and Institutional Change in Postsocialism”, Munich University, 2010-2015

Visiting Professor of Comparative Government, University of Heidelberg, 2009-2010

Project director at the Center for Applied Policy Research, Munich University, 1995-2009

Research fellow at Humboldt University Berlin and London School of Economics, 1999-2001

Researcher at the Institute of East European Studies, Free University of Berlin, 1992-1994


Ph.D. in Sociology, Free University of Berlin, 1995

Diploma in Political Science, Free University of Berlin, 1991

Fellowships and Research Stays

Kazakh National University Al-Farabi, Almaty, 2014

University of Wales, Aberystwyth, 2005

London School of Economics, 1999-2000

Eötvös-Loránd University Budapest, 1992-1993


Editorial Advisory Board of “Regional and Federal Studies”, since 2018

Advisory Boards to the “Transformation Index” (2003-2018) and “Sustainable Governance Indicators” (2008-2022) projects, Bertelsmann Foundation

Reviewer for the following journals and institutions:
Committee of the Regions; Comparative European Politics; Czech Grant Agency; Democratization; East European Politics and Societies; Estonian Science Foundation; European Research Council; European University Institute; Europe-Asia Studies; European Union Politics; Higher School of Economics, Moscow; International Review of Administrative Sciences; International Studies Quarterly; Journal of European Public Policy; National Science Centre Poland; Österreichischer Wissenschaftsfonds; Palgrave Macmillan; Perspectives on Politics; Politische Vierteljahresschrift; Problems of Post-Communism; Regional and Federal Studies; Romanian Journal of Political Science; Routledge; Southeast European and Black Sea Studies; Tijdschrift voor economische en sociale geografie; World Development; Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft; Zeitschrift für Vergleichende Politikwissenschaft

Language skills

German (native)
Hungarian, Russian (advanced)
Croatian, Serbian, French (intermediate)


Post-graduate, graduate and undergraduate courses at the universities of Cluj-Napoca, Heidelberg, Munich and Almaty, 1996-2018

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