CSES Secretariat Staff

The CSES Secretariat comprises the central staffing and operations for the project, under the leadership of the chair of the CSES Planning Committee.

Since June 2011, the CSES Secretariat has been a collaboration between the GESIS – Liebniz Institute for the Social Sciences in Germany and the University of Michigan’s Center for Political Studies in the United States.


CSES Secretariat: Current Core Research Staff

Katharina Blinzler


Klara Dentler

Klara is a research and data processing specialist in the CSES project. In this capacity, Klara is responsible for CSES data preparation and documentation, data integration, and processing micro and macro data. Klara is also pursuing a Ph.D. in political science at the Graduate School of Social Sciences at the University of Mannheim. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and business administration from the University of Mannheim and a master’s degree in political science, also from the University of Mannheim. Her research interests are comparative politics with a focus on voting behavior, especially populism and economic voting, and political attitudes.


David Howell

David is Director of Studies for the CSES and Associate Director of the Center for Political Studies at the University of Michigan. His interests include public opinion, cross-national research, survey methodology, and developing local research capacity in international settings.


Stephen Quinlan

Stephen is Project Manager at the CSES and Senior Researcher at GESIS in Mannheim, Germany. He is responsible for project management and works in conjunction with the CSES Planning Committee on developing project goals and questionnaire development. His other responsibilities include macro data, data documentation and analysis, and quality assurance procedures. His research focuses on comparative electoral behavior, public opinion, and the impact of social media on politics. Steve received his PhD in political science from University College Dublin and his research focuses on electoral participation, comparative electoral behavior, and social media’s impact on politics.


Christian Schimpf

Christian is a data processing specialist. He is responsible for data management, documentation, and archiving. He prepares syntax/code files, manages data sets, is involved in the creation of enhanced and cumulative datasets, and prepares micro-data components of CSES data for distribution. Christian is also a Ph.D. candidate at the Graduate School of Economic and Social Sciences (GESS) at the University of Mannheim. His research interests include populism, voting behavior, public opinion formation, and quantitative methods.


Bojan Todosijevic

Bojan is a social scientist who has been affiliated with the CSES for a decade. Over time, he has been involved in various tasks for CSES, including processing micro and macro data, data preparation and documentation, data integration and preparation of the release files. He contributed to the development of several CSES modules. Currently, he is mostly involved in processing the macro data and conducting quality assurance procedures. His research focuses on the psychological underpinnings of political attitudes and behavior, and on politics in Serbia. Bojan received his Ph.D. in political science from Central European University, Budapest. His permanent employment is at the Institute of social sciences, Belgrade, Serbia.


Slaven Živković

Slaven Živković is a data processing specialist for the CSES based at our Cologne GESIS office. He is responsible for data management and harmonization of comparative datasets, documentation, preparing syntax files, quality assessment of incoming data, and archiving. Slaven’s research interests include electoral participation and Montenegrin politics and he has previously been a researcher with the Montenegrin National Election Study.


CSES Secretariat: Previous Core Research Staff

Rosario Aguilar
Matias Bargsted
Kathrin B. Busch
Kathryn Cirksena
Jessica Fortin-Rittberger
Ashley Grosse
Karen Long Jusko
Patricia Luevano
Sherry Martin
Sebastian Netscher
Laurie Pierson
Angela Pok
Hannah Schwarz
Santa Traugott
Michio Umeda