David M. Grundmanns

David M. Grundmanns

University of Mannheim

Ph.D. Candidate

Biography

I am a Research Associate at the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research and Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science at the Graduate School of Economic and Social Sciences. I research in the field of judicial politics, specifically on interdependent strategies of judicial and political actors. Making use of text as data for statistical modeling is at the core of my methodological interests.

As a part of the C4 project of the Collaborative Research Center SFB 884 "Political Economy of Reforms", I scale the German Federal Constitutional Court’s decisions based on textual features, utilizing Bayesian ideal point estimation. In consequence, I derive the Court’s positions towards political reform.

Furthermore, I teach “Data Analysis” as an employee at the Chair of Political Science, Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences at the University of Mannheim.

Interests
  • Judicial Politics
  • Text as Data
  • Bayesian Inference
  • Separation of Powers
  • Political Methodology
Education
  • Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science, since 2019

    Graduate School of Economic and Social Sciences, University of Mannheim

  • M.A. Political Science, 2019

    University of Mannheim

  • B.A. Political Science, 2017

    University of Mannheim

Talks

Give them the word, they sharpen the sword. How high courts use language to exert political and societal power
Mobilizing the public - the importance of mediators for judicial decision-making

Experience

 
 
 
 
 
Course Instructor
University of Mannheim
Feb 2021 – Present Mannheim, Germany
Instructor for undergraduate course “Data Analysis” at the Chair of Political Science,
 
 
 
 
 
Research Associate
Mannheim Centre for European Social Research
Nov 2020 – Present Mannheim, Germany
‘“Get the Word Out. The Formation and Political Impact of Judicial Opinion-Writing” - Text analysis on judicial decicision text and traditional + social media content to measure impact of the judiciary’
 
 
 
 
 
Research Associate
University of Mannheim
Sep 2019 – Dec 2019 Mannheim, Germany
Collaborative Research Center 884 “Political Economy of Reforms”. Project C4. Quantitative Text Analysis of German Constitutional Court (Bundesverfassungsgericht) decisions to reveal latent policy preferences of the court by Bayesian estimation.
 
 
 
 
 
Research Assistant
University of Mannheim
Oct 2018 – Aug 2019 Mannheim, Germany
Collaborative Research Center 884 “Political Economy of Reforms”. Project C4.
 
 
 
 
 
Coder
Mannheim Centre for European Social Research
Jun 2014 – Nov 2014 Mannheim, Germany
Media content analysis for the “German Longitudinal Election Study” (GLES), pre-electoral TV News codification

Teaching

Course Instructor

Chair of Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences, University of Mannheim

  • Data Analysis
    Undergraduate, Evaluations: 2021

Awards

Best insights
Team award at DataFest 2019, Mannheim, Germany.
See certificate
Best use of outside data
Team award at DataFest 2018, Munich, Germany.
See certificate

Skills

Languages

  • English fluent, C1
  • German native
  • Latin

Software

  • R
  • Python
  • Stan
  • Shiny
  • HTML