Organizers

 

Prof. Dr. Malu Gatto

Theresa Gessler

Prof. Dr. Anita Gohdes

Dr. Denise Traber

Prof. Dr. Mariken van der Velden

Korinna Lindemann

Céline Neuenschwander

Prof. Dr. Malu A. C. Gatto

Malu A. C. Gatto is Assistant Professor of Latin American Politics at the Institute of the Americas at University College London (UCL). Until July 2019, she will also be a senior researcher (Oberassistentin) at the Department of Political Science of the University of Zurich. Previously, she was at the Department of Politics and International Relations of the University of Oxford, where she completed her PhD (2016). Her research explores questions about the gendered dynamics of political behavior, representation, and policy-making with a regional focus on Latin America, especially Brazil. For instance, she is currently developing projects on why male legislators adopt gender quotas; the impact of Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment to the perception of women in politics in Brazil; how informal recruitment and appointment practices affect women’s political presence; and, the gendered consequences of political dynasties. 

Theresa Gessler

Theresa Gessler works at the Chair of Policy Analysis at the Department of Political Science of the University of Zurich (UZH). She is completing her doctorate at the European University Institute in Florence where her PhD thesis examines how and why parties speak about democracy and the political system. As part of her PhD, she was also involved in the ERC research project Political Conflict in Europe in the Shadow of the Great Recession (POLCON). She holds an MA from Central European University with a specialization in political research methodology. Theresa’s current research focuses on democracy, party competition and Central-Eastern Europe. Methodologically, she is interested in quantitative text analysis and machine learning.

Prof. Dr. Anita Gohdes

Anita Gohdes is Professor of International and Cyber Security at the Hertie School of Governance. Her research focuses on contentious politics in the cyber realm, with a current emphasis on large-scale quantitative analyses of state behaviour. Previously, she was Assistant Professor of International Relations at the University of Zurich, and postdoctoral research fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center International Security Program. Since 2009, she has worked for the California-based non-profit organisation Human Rights Data Analysis Group. She currently advises the German Federal Foreign Office, and has consulted for the World Bank and the United Nations on security and state fragility. Her doctoral dissertation (University of Mannheim) was awarded the German Dissertation Award in the Social Sciences by the Körber Foundation, and the Walter Isard Dissertation Award by the Peace Science Society. Her work has been published, among others, in the Journal of Peace Research, Journal of Conflict Resolution, and Conflict Management and Peace Science.

Dr. Denise Traber

Denise Traber is a senior research fellow (SNF Ambizione) at the University of Luzern. Previously, she was a Postdoc at the Department of Political Science at the University of Zurich. She studied political science, social anthropology and history at the University of Zurich and received her PhD from the University of Geneva. While completing her PhD thesis she was a visitor at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Denise’s research focuses on party competition, representation, and political behavior in Europe. Her work appeared in Comparative Political Studies, West European Politics, Political Science Research and Methods, the Journal of Legislative Studies and the Swiss Political Science Review. She is also coauthor of a book on Swiss consensus democracy published by Palgrave.

Prof. Dr. Mariken van der Velden

Mariken A.C.G. van der Velden is Assistant Professor of Political Communication at the Department of Communication Science at the Free University Amsterdam. Until July 2019, she will also be a senior researcher (Oberassistentin) at the Department of Political Science of the University of Zurich. Previously, she completed her PhD (2017) at the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at the Free University Amsterdam, as a part of the High Risk Politics Project and ACCESS EUROPE. She has been a visiting researcher at Department of Politics and International Relations of the University of Oxford and at the Department of Political Science of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Her research interests centers on electoral behavior of voters and parties in Europe. For instance, she is studying how political parties navigate the tension to govern together, but compete for votes alone – the so-called coalition dilemma and how citizens’ evaluate compromise, and how political elites strategically explanation striking compromises.

Korinna Lindemann

Korinna Lindemann is a Master’s degree candidate at the University of Zurich with an emphasis on Democracy, Development and International Relations as well as Political Datajournalism. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Communication and Media research as her major and Political Science as her minor. Korinna works as a student research assistant at the Department of Political Science/Zentrum für Demokratie Aarau on the next update for the Democracy Barometer and is a tutor at the Chair of Political Methodology and at the Department of Communication and Media Research.  Previously, she completed a research internship at the Chair of Political Methodology and worked at the media analysis company Argus Data Insights Schweiz.

Céline Neuenschwander

Céline Neuenschwander is a Master’s degree candidate at the University of Zurich where she specializes in the field of Philosophy and Political Economy. She is currently in the process of writing her master thesis on the design and implementation of IMF conditionality. Previously, she worked as a political risk analyst at Soliswiss – Cooperative of Swiss Abroad and received her bachelor degree in Political Science as well as Communication and Media Science from the University of Zurich. Céline works as a student assistant at the Chair of International Relations and Political Economy as well as at the Think Tank Avenir Suisse.