I am a post-doctoral researcher within the research project "Coordination Committees as Parliamentary Agenda Setter" (CoCoPAS) at the University of Bamberg (Germany).


My research interests lie in the broad areas of comparative political institutions, European legislative politics (focused on the European Parliament), parties, political careers (particularly candidate selection), parliamentary behavior, representation and gender. I am furthermore working on international political economy topics, public opinion, and multi-level governance.


My work has been published in European Union Politics, International Organization, Legislative Studies Quarterly and other peer reviewed journals. My book "Re-Selecting Members of the European Parliament" on party goals and candidate selection for the European Parliament elections in Germany has been published with Springer VS.

On this website you will find information on myself, a detailed CV, and publications. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have questions regarding the topics on this website.


April 2023: the EUropean Careers Workshop on the Careers of European Political Elites and their Representative Effects will take place on May 5 and 6, 2023 in Bamberg. Register to listen, participate or to present your paper here: https://www.elenafrech.eu/european-careers-workshop/

August 20, 2022: In an interview with K. Kaelin, a journalist, I explained how children and other private information can help politicians in their campains. Please find the resulting press articles, explaining the campain behavior of Swiss politicians in the Luzerner Zeitung and the BZBasel Online.

June 07, 2022:The Call for Papers for the Workshop on EUropean political Careers is out now! Please forward it to potentially interested scholars and apply!

July 12, 2021: Our data presentation paper "Parliaments Day-by-Day: A New Open Source Database to Answer the Question of Who Was in What Parliament, Party and Party-group and When" has been accepted for publication at Legislative Studies Quarterly. Info on the Database and how to access will follow!