I am a Visiting Researcher at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. Previously to coming to Harvard, I was a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer at the Faculty for Business and Economics, University of Basel.
My primary research interests lie at the intersections of political economics, media economics, applied econometrics, and computational social science. My research can broadly be categorized in two areas. (i) I am interested in how to make use of large web-based data on political processes and new computational methods for politico-economic research. Particularly, I combine programmatic/automated web data collection to collect highly detailed data on political processes to study the lawmaking process in legislative assemblies. (ii) I study how politico-economic forces shape the Internet and the Internet is changing politico-economic systems.
In addition to my traditional academic work, I develop a number of R packages that aim to make the methods and data used in my research more accessible to a broader audience and thereby facilitate the replicability of research. I also teach methodological courses on using R and lecture both in the area of political economic/public economics as well as in the area of quantitative methods and data science for social scientists.