Sebastian Juhl is a PhD student at the CDSS (University of Mannheim) and works at the
Collaborative Research Center SFB 884 (Project C2). He holds a Bachelor's Degree in
Social Sciences from the Justus-Liebig-University Gießen as well as a Master's Degree in
Political Science with a focus on quantitative methods from the University of Mannheim.
In the course of his studies, he gained teaching experience in statistics tutorials and worked
as a research assistant at different Chairs, including the Chair of Comparative Politics in
Gießen and the Chair of Political Economy in Mannheim.
Sebastian's research focuses on comparative politics and quantitative methods, especially
spatial econometrics and Bayesian statistics. Within the field of comparative politics,
his work primarily centers around party politics and legislative behavior with a specific
emphasis on interdependencies among political actors. He studies learning and diffusion
processes among political parties in European multiparty systems and how these processes
lead to endogenously evolving dynamics of party competition. He also analyzes patterns of
legislative cooperation among individual members of parliament in order to evaluate how
legislators collectively form and maintain networks of cooperation and how the typology of
these networks alter the course of legislative policy-making. Methodologically, he explores
how Bayesian methods can improve the application of spatial econometric techniques in
political science in order to closely match theoretical and empirical models and to further
promote the utilization of these techniques in the discipline.