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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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voting Social Sciences
Internet Social Sciences
referendum Social Sciences
Swiss Social Sciences
self-determination Social Sciences
Switzerland Social Sciences
conflict resolution Social Sciences
voter Social Sciences

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Projects 2016 2019

Research Output 2013 2019

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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.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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

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

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

7 Citations (Scopus)
70 Downloads (Pure)

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.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
comparative research
3 Citations (Scopus)
137 Downloads (Pure)

SDM: A New Data Set on Self-determination Movements with an Application to the Reputational Theory of Conflict

Sambanis, N., Germann, M. & Schädel, A., 1 Mar 2018, In : Journal of Conflict Resolution. 62, 3, p. 656-686 31 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
random sample
12 Citations (Scopus)
38 Downloads (Pure)

Internet Voting and Turnout: Evidence from Switzerland

Germann, M. & Serdült, U., 1 Jun 2017, In : Electoral Studies. 47, p. 1-12 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Canton of Geneva


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

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


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

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