I am a senior research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods in Bonn, Germany, where I am part of the Max Planck Research Group “Mechanisms for normative change”.
My research interests focus on social norms, particularly conditions under which norms change, and the effects of social feedback and information on perception and conformity to a social norm. In my research, I understand social norms as changeable, sometimes suddenly and unexpectedly. I have a special interest in the effect of perceived social norms on communication, specifically in the relation between perceived norms and the expression of prejudice and similar opinions. How does the perception of social acceptability of specific attitudes affect the willingness to express them publicly? In my research, I use different methodological approaches with a focus on experimental methods, particularly online experiments.
Before, I completed my PhD at the Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences at the University of Cologne, and worked as a research fellow at the MPI for Research on Collective Goods. I was also part of the International Max Planck Research School on Adapting Behavior in a Fundamentally Uncertain World. , and a visiting fellow at the Norms and Networks Cluster (NNC) at the University of Groningen, Netherlands, and at the department of Sociology at New York University (NYU).
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