The article "A Trump Effect on the EU's Popularity? The U.S. Presidential Election as a Natural Experiment", published at Perspectives on Politics and co-authored with Lara Minkus and Jan Delhey, received this year's BIGSSS Best Co-Authored Paper Award from the Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences. The laudation was given by Professor Heiko Pleines. BIGSSS writes that the committee was "especially impressed with the societal relevance" and the "analytical clarity, explanatory value and empirical foundation" of the paper. The award is endowed with 500 Euros.
On February 1, 2019, I started a new position as Akademischer Rat (equivalent to senior lecturer or assistant professor) at the University of Göttingen. I will work with Céline Teney at the Chair for Fundamentals of Social Science. We are currently searching for a PhD student or postdoc to complete our team. Deadline for applications is February 10, 2019 (see the job advert in English and German).
I will remain affiliated with the Global Mobilities Project at the European University Institute's Migration Policy Centre as an External Collaborator.
A new article, titled "Transnational Social Practices: A Quantitative Perspective", co-authored with Céline Teney, was just published in Emerging Trends in the Social and Behavioral Sciences. Transnational social practices (TSP) can be defined as sustained linkages and ongoing exchanges between individuals across national borders. Over the last decades, TSP have not only become more common, but they have also developed into an increasingly salient subject of quantitative sociological research. After highlighting seminal foundational research, we introduce a set of salient topics in this emerging strand of research, including the social stratification of TSP, the link between TSP and cosmopolitan attitudes, and the issue of classifying TSP into meaningful subdimensions. We conclude with a discussion of several avenues for future research, including the relation between TSP and the increasing societal polarization between “locals” and “globals,” the need to go beyond the field's current Eurocentrism to study TSP comparatively in all parts of the world, and the prospects of methodological and technical advances in research on TSP, including network‐analytic approaches and geo‐tagged digital‐trace data. A free pre-print version can downloaded here.