I am graduating with a PhD in Political Science from Stanford University in spring 2021. My research focuses on the causes of inequality in political representation. I am currently working on a book project that proposes domestic migration as new explanation for rising societal and political polarization. The book project focuses on contemporary Germany and combines household surveys with comprehensive data on domestic migration, voting in national and local elections, civil society organizations, political campaigning, and political recruitment. In other work, I research responsiveness and accountability in non-democratic regimes, political campaigning in democracies, and the conceptualization and measurement of democratic backsliding. My work has been published or is forthcoming in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), the Journal of Politics, the Journal of Economics, Race, and Policy, and the European Political Science Review, among others. Before coming to Stanford, I spent two years as Visiting Assistant in Research at Yale University. I hold a BA and MA in Political Science from Heidelberg University in Germany.