I am a research fellow at the Berlin Social Science Center (WZB) in the Global Governance research unit. Previously, I have been a postdoc at the Department of Politics and Public Administration at the University of Konstanz, where I received my PhD from the Graduate School of Decision Sciences. I have been a visiting researcher at Princeton University and the University of Maryland, College Park.
My research is concerned with issues of subnational sovereignty:
When do groups demand self-determination?
Which strategies do they use to pursue their claims?
What relevance do traditional authorities and religion have?
Under what conditions are referendums a feasible decision-making tool?
When are they successful?
What role do economic crises play in accounting for the success of regionalists and separatists?
More recently I have also become interested in the issue of causality. I'm excited to be part of the bridging project the bridging project
"Experimenting with Causality"
at WZB, where we work on causal inference in a single case study of Brexit.
My work has been published in Comparative Political Studies and Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft.
If you want to learn more about me, you can download my CV here, access my LinkedIn page, or visit my profile at Women Also Know Stuff.
You can reach me via email at friederike.kelle[at]wzb.eu.