thumb_Denise_Traber_1-klein_1024Welcome!

I am a senior research fellow (SNSF Ambizione) at the University of Lucerne, Switzerland. Previously, I was a senior researcher (Oberassistentin) at the Department of Political Science, University of Zurich, and a visiting researcher at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and at the University of Amsterdam. I obtained my PhD degree from the University of Geneva.

My research focuses on party competition, political representation, and political behavior in light of societal and economic changes. In my current work, I am interested in how the economic context influences party competition and parties’ responsiveness to their voters. Further, I study social policy preferences with conjoint experiments to understand what kind of compensations can increase voter support for welfare reforms.

Finally, I have a strong interest in quantitative and computational methods, in particular quantitative text analysis, that I use to analyze political speeches, party manifestos, and parliamentary debates.

I am one of the organizers of the Zurich Summer School for Women in Political Methodology (together with Prof. Anita Gohdes, Malu Gatto and Mariken van der Velden). The 2018 summer school will take place from 1-8 July at the University of Zurich.