Johannes Helgest holds a B.A. in Political Science and American Studies and a M.A. in Empirical Research in Democracy from the Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz. Additionally, he spent an exchange semester at the Agder University in Kristiansand. His main research interests are political attitudes and behavior with a special focus on the influence of religion on the rise of populist and right-wing candidates and parties.
Lion Merten holds a BA in political science and history from the Georg-August University Göttingen and an MA in political science from the Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz. Additionally, he spent an exchange semester at the Università degli Studi di Milano. His main research interests are political attitudes and political behavior with a special focus on the causes and consequences of political and economic inequality and the mechanisms through which they are linked.
Jana Niedringhaus holds a B.A. in International Cultural and Business Studies as well as a B.Sc. in Business Administration and Economics from the University of Passau and an M.Sc. in International Economics and Public Policy from Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz. Her research interests are Globalization, Political Economy, and Development Economics.
Matthias Rosenthal holds a BA and a MA degree from the University of Stuttgart. His research interests lie in the areas of political support and its decline, sources of political support and democratic innovations.
Kevin Walz holds a BA and an MA in Political and Social Sciences from University of Würzburg. His research interests are democratic legitimacy and deficit, transformation of political systems, and the resilience of democratic regimes.