academic career 

  • Dez. 2022 – Senior Post Doc, Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna
  • Sept. 2020 – Sept. 2021: Visiting Fellow, Bavarian School of Public Policy, Technical University of Munich
  • Oct. 2019 onwards: Principal Investigator, Project Title: “National and Regional Elites in Austrian Politics – Career Pathways and Personal Interlocks (1945-2018)” (FWF Project P31967), University of Graz
  • June 2016 – Sept. 2019: Co-Principal Investigator, Project Title: “Academic Super-Elites in Sociology and Economics” (FWF Project P2911), University of Graz
  • Nov. 2015 – April 2016: Post-Doctoral Researcher, Project Title: INTERCO-SSH International Cooperation in the SSH: Comparative Historical Perspectives and Future Possibilities (No. 319.974, European Commission 7th Framework Program, Collaborative Project), University of Graz
  • Oct. 2013 – Oct. 2015: Senior Researcher, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Society/Cologne
  • March 2013 – Sept. 2013: University Assistant (Post Doc, without tenure), Department of Sociology, University of Graz
  • October 2011 – Dec 2012: Research Assistant, non-profit society for research Spectro, Graz
  • March 2011 – August 2011: University Assistant (Pre Doc), Department of Sociology, University of Graz


  • 2020 Dr. habil., University of Wuppertal
  • 2011 Dr. rer. soec. oec., sociology, University of Graz (2008/9: European University Institute)
  • 2010 Mag. rer. nat., psychology, University of Graz (Erasmus semester spent at Université Louis Pasteur)
  • 2009 MRes (Master of Research), European University Institute
  • 2007 Mag. phil., sociology, University of Graz
  • 2001 school leaving exam with distinction (“Matura“), Seebacher Gymnasium, Graz

awards and scholarships

  • 2020    Gustav Figdor Award by the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW)
  • 2013    Best article published in 2012, Austrian Journal for Political Science
  • 2013    Dissertation Award by the Austrian Sociological Association (ÖGS)
  • 2012    Theodor Körner Award
  • 2012    Ursula Hendrich Schneider award for outstanding PhD theses
  • 2008    Postgraduate Scholarship to study at the EUI by the Austrian Ministry of Science
  • 2008    Graduate Student Award by the Austrian Minister of Science (best study performance Austria-wide)
  • 2007    Fulbright Grant received but not realized

professional service

  • reviewing: American Journal of Sociology, American Sociological Review, Social Forces, European Sociological Review, Social Science Research, Minerva, International Sociology, International Journal of Sociology, Zeitschrift für Soziologie, Communist and Post-Communist Studies, EPJ Data Science, Leviathan, Österreichische Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft
  • committee work: Global Ambassador to the Economic Sociology Section of American Sociological Association
  • panels organized: Progress and Stagnation in Sociology (Congress of the Austrian Sociology Association, 2017); Social Network Perspectives on the History of the Social Sciences (Congress of the Austrian Sociological Association, 2019)


  • courses: Social Network Analysis (University of Klagenfurt, University of Wuppertal), Wealth Inequality (University of Cologne), Empirical Research (Fresenius/München), Macro Sociology, Advanced Statistical Methods, Applied Sociology, Sociology of Elites, Political Economy (University of Graz)