Benjamin Engst

Project: C4

Research Associate

University of Mannheim
B6, 30-32 - Room 322
D-68131 Mannheim

Phone: +49 (0) 621-181-3132
Fax: +49 (0) 621-181-3451

Benjamin G. Engst is a postdoctoral researcher for the C4 project “Measuring a Common Space and the Dynamics of Reform Positions.” His research interests include Comparative Political Behavior, Comparative Political Institutions and Computer-Assisted Text Analysis with a strong focus on Quantitative Methods and an emphasis on Judicial Politics in a cross-European comparison.

Benjamin holds a PhD from the Center for Doctoral Studies in Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Mannheim. In his dissertation he assess the possibilities of highest courts to exercise direct and indirect power in the interaction with the political branches of government. For his thesis he has been awarded the Lorenz-von-Stein Prize of the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES). Doing research for his dissertation he has been to Emory University (USA) supported through a Ph.D. Scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). In addition, he was involved in the research project “The Federal Constitutional Court as a Veto Player.”

 Benjamin was a research associate at the Chairs for Comparative Politics at the Leibniz University of Hannover (Germany) and the Georg-August-University of Göttingen (Germany) prior to joining the SFB. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Public Law and a Master of Arts in Political Science from the University of Mannheim (Germany). He spent his first year of graduate studies at the Johns Hopkins University (USA).