Freedom of speech on campus: A pre-registered adversarial collaboration (2021 – now)
A recent study, which claims to have found evidence for widespread support for conformity pressure and self-censorship in academia and interpreted this as an attack on freedom of speech and free knowledge production. The study has been widely picked up by German media and heavily criticized for its methodological shortcomings by the scientific community. The authors of the original study have been challenged by a group of sceptics to settle the dispute with a joint pre-registered, empirical research project. Karsten Schubert and I, two of the four sceptics [3, 4], argue that the sanctioning of bigoted speech at universities benefits the quality of knowledge production by ensuring the participation of diverse researchers.
Gender and sexual diversity in Germany: civic participation and social inclusion (Gesmin) (2020 – now)
A Federal Ministry of Education and Research-funded project aiming at improving the data infrastructure on LGBTQI* people in Germany lead by myself and co-PI Simon Kühne. The team further consists of our PhD students Zaza Zindel and David Kasprowski. I lead the work package concerned with the data analysis and outreach of the project, Simon Kühne leads the work package of data collection, harmonization and weighting.
Supplementing a boost-sample of lesbian, gay and bisexual households to the German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP-LGB) (2019-2020)
In 2019, I was brought on to this project as postdoc with my expertise on collecting quality survey data among sexual minority populations and my substantive expertise in the field. The project, led by Martin Kroh and David Richter, aimed at recruiting LGB households into the German Socio-Economic Panel Study – the largest long-running panel data project, which is representative of the population in Germany. More information on the final product here.
Unions in Context: Lesbian and gay couples and families in the Netherlands (UNICON) (2015-2017)
In the UNICON project, I collected web-based, representative survey data among same- and different-sex unions and families in the Netherlands. The sample was drawn from the Dutch population registers in 20 municipalities. These are the only data of its kind as they are not biased by non-probability recruitment strategies and contain a large enough sample to allow for statistical comparisons between the union types. More information on the project website. Data access here.