Professor in political science (International relations, political theory, comparative politics)
My research interests revolve around democracy and legitimacy, in particular in politics beyond the state. In the academic year of 2021/22 I will be on research leave from my home department at Stockholm university, spending time at the universities of Catania (in the fall of 2021) and Oxford (in the spring 2021). The intention is to finalize one book on democracy, entitled Democratism: Explaining international politics with democracy beyond the state (under contract with Edward Elgar) and one book on legitimacy, entitled Global Legitimacy Crises: Decline and revival in multilateral governance (under contract with Oxford University Press, co-authored with Thomas Sommerer, Fariborz Zelli, and Bart Bes). In addition to these focal points in my research, I currently use some time also to explore: the usefulness of music and sounds to illustrate quantitative political data; the conditions for peace and conflict among human and artificially intelligent political agents; and methods for theorizing in empirical political science, and teaching those methods.