Current Research

Articles in progress:

  • Political imprisonment and mass protest: Evidence from the former GDR (with Christoph Dworschak)
  • Repression and backlash protests: Why leader arrests backfire (with Felix Schulte)
  • Environment pollution and state repression in the former GDR (with Moritz Marbach & Carlo Horz)
  • Domestic surveillance and political imprisonment: Evidence from the former GDR
  • Selective spotlights: Shaming targets in the UN Special Procedures
  • The Belt and Road Initiative and perceptions on human rights in Europe (with Sabine Carey and David Weyrauch)
  • Backlash or alignment? Membership in the Belt and Road Initiative and voting patterns in the UN General Assembly

Analyzing the Impact of the Belt and Road Initiative:

How does the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) affect attitudes towards China in BRI member states? Are member states of the BRI less outspoken about China’s domestic human rights abuses? How does BRI membership affect voting patterns in the United Nations General Assembly? To what extent does BRI membership affect China-related public statements by politicians?

In an ongoing research with Sabine Carey and David Weyrauch, we systematically analyze these questions relying novel empirical evidence from survey experiments, Twitter data, and UN voting data. For our research project, we collected novel global data on BRI membership for all states in the international system. This new data source and more information on our research project can be found here:

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