​ – 2023


Chair in Qualitative Empirical Research Methods



Bookcover E La Nave Va
In view of the frequently stated "polycrisis", it seems that not only Italy and Italy and Germany themselves seem to be in crisis, but also their relationship to each other. Indeed, questions of economic and economic and financial policy as well as international migration are increasinglleading to disgruntlement in German-Italian relations, while whereas solidarity prevailed during the Covid crisis. And the ship is still at sea - e la nave va! But where the journey will take us and whether the ship is seaworthy, an international group of scientists group of scientists from Italy and Germany discussed in the fall of 2021, including a including a largergroup from our professorship including Professor Wagemann as co-organizer of the workshop in close collaboration with Villa Vigoni. The various contributions, especially from young academics, have now been published in book form published in book form, under the editorship of Claudius Wagemann and his colleagues Ton Notermans, Simona Piattoni and Luca Verzichelli. Frankfurt contributions are by Lukas Brenner, Nikolaus Freimuth, Alexander Mathewes, Mohamed Salhi and Nils Sartorius.


15.11.2023 14:08

More Methods

Introduction to the methods of empirical social research
This semester, the introductory methods course is once again filling two lecture halls every week. Our team of tutors and organizational support has been correspondingly large in parts for several semesters, with George Ajouri, Anna Geyer, Christopher Hain, Mica Himmeldirk, Jonathan Schaffert, Jim Stegmann and, last but not least, Claudius Wagemann joining us for the first time

"Methodentreff" for further exchang
After we have already tested other formats in addition to the lecture in the online semesters, the Methodentreff will stand on its own two feet from this semester onwards.
Anyone who would like to exchange ideas with like-minded friends of methods is cordially invited. We recently met for the second monthly meeting and talked to interested students about our ideas on framing and approaches to research. We are excited to see how the still somewhat experimental evening meetings develop.
If you are interested, have any suggestions or ideas, please send a short email to brinck@soz.uni-frankfurt.de


01.10.2023 10:00

New Semester. New Team.

We welcome 4 student employees to our team for the new semester: Maria Halloran, Jonathan Schaffert, Jim Stegmann and Alessandro-Daniel Tedesco. Mica Himmeldirk is also returning to us.

Maria Halloran is working on the DFG project "Smart Authoritarianism? Comparing the Internet Strategies of Authoritarian Regimes" and is a tutor for the course "Introduction to Comparative Democracy" Jonathan Schaffert is responsible for the communication and coordination of the students of our introductory course "Methoden der empirischen Sozialforschung". Mica Himmeldirk and Jim Stegmann each give two tutorials in the same course. Alessandro-Daniel Tedesco takes on various tasks in our research projects and the organization of our activities.



08.09.2023 10:00

​ECPR General Conference

At this year's General Conference of the "European Consortium for Political Research" (ECPR), two team members were represented: Seraphine F. Maerz and Daria Glukhova. Seraphine F. Maerz, along with Lisa Garbe from WZB, chaired an entire section on Digital Authoritarianism (a total of 7 panels on the topic) and presented two papers herself. Daria Glukhova presented the paper titled "Failure to Reform the EU Migration and Asylum Rules: Explaining Divergent Member State Decisions on the CEAS Reform." The ECPR General Conference is Europe's largest annual gathering of political scientists from across the globe.


20.07.2023 16:18

Summer, Sun, QCA

In the summer semester of 2023, a group of particularly motivated students again completed our research practicum on Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA). This course offers deep insights into an innovative method, which can be considered the most systematic form of case comparison. QCA is based on set-theoretic principles and allows one to identify necessary and/or sufficient explanatory factors (or various combinations thereof) for particular outcomes.

This format is led by Claudius Wagemann, who himself has been instrumental in the further development and establishment of this now widely used method. He was supported this semester by the QCA- and R-savvy student assistants Christopher Hain and Philipp Schemm. While Prof. Wagemann imparted his theoretical expertise, Christopher helped with the presentation of the R code in the hands-on "Lab Sessions". Philipp, in turn, used his knowledge to assist students with any problems that arose with the R programming language.

As always, the goal of this event was to train the students themselves to become experts in this field and to enable them to make sound use of this versatile method.