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I am a Swiss National Science Foundation Professor of Political Science at the University of Lucerne (Switzerland), where my primary work focuses on the development and application of empirical research and evaluation methods, including quantitative, qualitative and mixed-approach techniques, data analytics and questions of causal inference. Specifically, my research centres around configurational comparative methods (CCMs), such as Coincidence Analysis (CNA), Event Structure Analysis (ESA) and Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA).

Also, I have a strong interest in questions of research design more broadly defined as well as meta-science, i.e. the scientific study of science itself. Empirically, I have done research in the area of European foreign, security and defence policy. Last but not least, I occupy myself with possibilities to improve the teaching of empirical research methods and data analytics at all levels of higher education, using computational innovations and graphical tools. Recent work of mine has appeared in journals such the American Journal of Evaluation, Comparative Political Studies, Political Analysis and Sociological Methods & Research.

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You find seven further pages on this site. About provides a short CV. Under News, I post information on my latest publications and events. Commentaries on various topics of interest to me are collected under Blog. Software I have authored can be found under SoftwareTeaching offers material from courses I have taught over the years. My electronic business card can be found under Contact, and Projects provides summaries of my ongoing research projects.

 


News: Two job openings (4-year Post-Doc and 4-year PhD) in my project ACCORds >>

News: Article on model ambiguities in QCA published in Sociological Methods & Research 46(4) >>