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Research interests

I am a Prize Fellow in the Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies at the University of Bath. Previously, I held postdoctoral fellowships at KU Leuven and the University of Pennsylvania. I obtained my PhD from ETH Zurich in early 2017. In 2015 I was awarded a DocMobility Grant by the Swiss National Science Foundation, allowing me to pursue parts of my doctoral studies as a visiting researcher at Yale University.

My research interests include ethnic and separatist conflict as well as direct democracy and various other aspects of democratic government. In current work, I explore the causes of conflicts over territorial self-determination and when and why such conflicts escalate from nonviolence to violence. In related work I explore the rise of referendums on autonomy and secession as well as the conditions under which such referendums can make a positive contribution to peace. More generally, in other ongoing research I investigate whether direct democracy and other types of democratic innovations affect perceptions of legitimate decision-making and increase the willingness of democratic citizens to accept unfavorable decisions.

I am also interested in various aspects of `digital democracy’, including online voter information systems called `Voting Advice Applications’ (VAAs) and online voting. In recently published or forthcoming research I explore the effects of VAAs and online voting electoral participation. In other ongoing work I investigate the potential of online voting system to prevent voters from making easy mistakes that lead to their votes not being counted.

My work has been published in several peer-reviewed journals, including the British Journal of Political Science, Political Communication, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Electoral Studies, European Political Science Review, and Acta Politica.

Education/Academic qualification

Political Science, Doctor of Science, ETH Zürich

Political Science, Master of Social Science, University of Zurich

Political Science, Bachelor of Social Science, University of Zurich

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Making Votes Count with Internet Voting

Germann, M., 2 Mar 2020, In : Political Behavior.

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Getting Out the Vote With Voting Advice Applications

Germann, M. & Gemenis, K., 2019, In : Political Communication. 36, 1, p. 149-170 22 p.

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Why Voting Advice Applications help get out the vote

Cioroianu, I., Germann, M. & Wheatley, J., 2019, inews.

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Catalonia Is Just the Most Recent Referendum on Sovereignty. Why Are They Proliferating?

Germann, M. & Mendez, F., 27 Mar 2018, Washington Post, Monkey Cage.

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Contested Sovereignty: Mapping Referendums on Sovereignty over Time and Space

Mendez, F. & Germann, M., 31 Jan 2018, In : British Journal of Political Science. 48, 1, p. 141-165 25 p.

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  • 10 Citations (Scopus)
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    Datasets

    SDM: A New Dataset on Self-Determination Movements, 1945-2012

    Sambanis, N. (Creator), Germann, M. (Creator), Schädel, A. (Creator), Sage Publications, 30 Oct 2017

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    Contested Sovereignty: A Global Compilation of Sovereignty Referendums (1776-2012)

    Mendez, F. (Creator), Germann, M. (Creator), Harvard Dataverse, 26 Jan 2016

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