Research Mission

I answer questions about the creation, change and impact of institutions in governance using innovative research methods. My projects address at least two of the following areas.

Better Tools for Better Research

We live in exciting times for Social Scientists: Our tools for data analysis improve at an extraordinary pace. We also collect data about individuals at an unforeseen level. Taken together, these developments offer tremendous new opportunities for research. Since language is the main transmission belt in all matters social, I am particular interested in analysing text—and do so with  help of machine learning.


I study cooperation within and between organisations and societies. My focus is on individuals: How do people behave? How do their actions affect the conduct of organisations and societies? And given their context, what rules emerge and drive human interaction?

Democracy and Development in Latin America

I often work on Latin America. I am particularly interested in democratisation and economic development.