I am a research fellow at LMU Munich, Germany, and at Columbia University’s Tow Center for Digital Journalism. My research is quantitative-empirical, interdisciplinary, and problem-oriented. I do not limit myself to a particular domain or method but look across many domains and use different methods to address important problems. For example, I have studied topics such as forecasting, decision-making, advertising, leadership, health care, technology assessment, digital communication, public opinion, and election studies. My work got published in leading journals in various fields such as Public Opinion Quarterly, International Journal of Forecasting, Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, Journal of Business Research, Electoral Studies, and BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making. I regularly present my work in invited talks and at academic conferences. Reports of my research have appeared in New Scientist, Deutsche Welle, Süddeutsche Zeitung, SZ Wissen, and n-tv.
From 2012 to 2014, I led the research focus Forecasting Politics at LMU’s Center for Advanced Studies. I am also taking care of Polly, our parrot that does such a good job in forecasting U.S. and German elections, and I serve as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Business Research and Foresight – The International Journal of Applied Forecasting.
I have studied economics and information science at the Universities of Regensburg and Zurich and received my PhD in economics from the University of Karlsruhe. I have held research positions at the Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology as well as visiting scholar positions at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and Columbia University. After finishing my PhD, I worked in the private sector as a senior manager for the German pay-tv company Sky Deutschland, where I led the CRM Resource Management Department.