I am a Research Fellow in Comparative Public Policy in the Institute of Political Science at the University of Tübingen. I received both my BSocSc (2000) and PhD (2004) in Political Science from the University of Birmingham (UK). After my PhD I held an ESRC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, also at the University of Birmingham (2004), worked as Lecturer in European Politics at Aberystwyth University (2005) and as Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence (2005-2006). Before joining Tübingen in October 2017, I was a Senior Lecturer in International Relations at Oxford Brookes University (2006-2017).
My research interests lie in the comparative politics and political economy of (mainly European) welfare states, with a special interest in the role of ideas and identities, as expressed in/through political discourse, in models of capitalism. Other related research interests include new institutional theory, global governance and global civil society, European populist radical right parties, and Nordic politics.
At Tübingen I provide teaching within Research Unit Comparative Public Policy. In 2017-18 I taught a seminar on Varieties of Capitalism, and an applied research methods seminar (Lehrforschungsprojekt). In 2018-19 I will teach seminars on Comparative Public Policy, and Nationalism and Social Policy in Europe. I am also currently the Academic Managing Editor of the Journal of European Social Policy.