We are happy to supervise BA and MA theses at the Chair for Comparative Politics. If you are interested in writing your BA or MA thesis under my supervision (potentially with co-supervision by a (post-)doctoral team member), please read the following very carefully before contacting me:
Please send the application documents by email as one pdf file, using the application form [»] as cover. I will contact you once I have read your documents. If (and only if) I am convinced by the quality of your proposal and its fit with the research agenda at my chair, I will give my written consent to act as supervisor.
It is recommended that potential supervisees have attended at least one of the courses I teach at HSG. For MA students it is expected that they attend the MA Thesis Lab [»], which is offered once a year (usually in the autumn term).
Useful guides for academic writing: here and here
Overall, the supervision procedure for each thesis is structured along five sequential steps, with the completion of each step marked by a milestone. Of course, students are invited to contact their advisor when they have questions; however, we expect them to deal with the thesis in an autonomous fashion. In any case, supervisees are expected to contact their advisor whenever they have reached the next milestone, as visualised in the figure below.
Milestone 0: The first step starts with a successful application and ends with the
kick-off meeting. After the meeting, advisor and student have agreed on the topic of the thesis, in particular on the literature and the data that the thesis will be based on, as well as on the date of start.
Milestone 1: Based on the kick-off meeting, the advisor formulates the exact title of the thesis and submits the document to student administration - and time runs. Please be aware of your deadlines and plan ahead [»].
Milestone 2: Within a few weeks, the students send their advisor an extended table of contents. This document contains all sections of the thesis as well as the bibliography. In each section, the student gives a short summary (just use a few lines) of the section’s intended content. The advisor gives a short feedback.
Milestone 3: After less than two thirds of the working time students send their advisor a preliminary draft of the thesis. All sections and main results of the thesis should already be worked out, even though in a preliminary fashion. Advisors give students an extensive feedback.
Milestone 4: Students hand in the final version of the thesis.
Students are invited to write their bachelor/master theses on a topic that either falls within my own research [»] and teaching [»] interests or comes close to the doctoral or postdoctoral research projects that are implemented at the chair of Comparative Politics, as outlined below.
Martina’s research explores the multidimensionality of sanctioning policies. In a globalizing world, in which policies of states and regional organizations such as the EU cooperate in a variety of policy fields, she argues that external sanctioning is not a uniform policy but depends on the properties of the sanctioning actor, the sanctioned actor, and the violated norm. In her work, Martina seeks to explain EU sanctioning policies globally and over the last 30 years, characterized by considerable change in sanctioning policy. To this end, she is creating a novel dataset on EU sanctioning based on the analyses of documents and interviews with experts from EU institutions. Martina would be interested in supervising student work that looks into the sanctioning policies of other international actors, such as the US or UN, and compares them to the EU’s policies.
Lisa’s thesis focuses on Internet control in authoritarian contexts. Specifically, it examines the role of different political institutions and telecom operators in facilitating or hampering government control of the Internet. The type of questions she seeks to answer are: When and how do telecom operators cooperate with authoritarian governments; and how do political institutions foster or hamper Internet control in authoritarian contexts?
Hugo Marcos-Marné, Dr.
Hugo’s current research focuses on the socio-political effects of the Great Recession in European countries. He is particularly interested in understanding how post-2008 economic events affect the political arena and, most crucially, how this opens space for two fundamental phenomena: the emergence of populist discourses and the intensification of conflicts around who belongs to democratic “demos”. To explore individuals’ attitudes and their effects, he likes to analyze survey data using quantitative techniques, which he complements with spatial representation tools to understand the geographical patterns emerging from the aggregation of individual observations. Yet, he is also familiar with other research techniques, including cs-QCA or discourse analysis.
Ciarán studies the politicisation of activity, policy, and regulation of the financial sector. Since the financial crisis began in 2007, the governance of financial actors has dramatically increased in public salience. Specifically, he seeks to re-interrogate the dynamics of what were thought to be depoliticised institutions—in particular central banks—to understand how they act, and are acted upon, politically. Ciarán would be happy to supervise students interested in financial sector lobbying, regulatory capture, and how central banks are increasingly seen as dominant political actors.