Klaudia Wegschaider

Klaudia Wegschaider

DPhil Candidate in Politics

University of Oxford

I am a DPhil Candidate at the University of Oxford, jointly funded by the Department of Politics and International Relations and Pembroke College. My research focuses on the strategies of political parties, enfranchisement, and migration. Over the past two years, I have also been part of a large project on migrant electoral rights at the Global Citizenship Observatory at the European University Institute.

Methodologically, I am guided by the research question. Where possible, I combine quantitative and qualitative methods to shed light on different aspects of a puzzle. For example, in a working paper, I analyse observational data from Swiss referendums and a survey experiment to argue that simultaneous proposals increase support for a reform. I pair this with detailed case studies that show that parties are not only unaware of the effect of simultaneous proposals, but also often oppose them when it would be in their interest to support them. This project won the Best Paper Award at the annual NCCR Graduate Conference in July 2022.

In my dissertation, I theorise party strategies in the process of enfranchisement. I draw on evidence from many months of fieldwork and employ process-tracing to assess competing theories. After my doctorate, I intend to turn this into a book project.

  • Party Strategies
  • Enfranchisement
  • Electoral Rights
  • Migration
  • Direct Democracy
  • Voting Behaviour
  • Mixed Methods
  • DPhil in Politics, 2018-present

    University of Oxford

  • MSc in Migration Studies, 2016

    University of Oxford

  • BA in Political Science and English, 2015

    University of British Columbia


(2023). Studying politics at the local level in Germany: a tale of missing data. Zeitschrift für Vergleichende Politikwissenschaft (research note; not peer-reviewed).


(2023). Studying low visibility activism: immigrants and their efforts toward the right to vote. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies (conditional acceptance; peer-reviewed).

Working Papers

Available upon request

(2023). The effect of simultaneous proposals: the case of immigrant enfranchisement. Best Paper Award at the annual NCCR Graduate Conference.

In Progress

Stay tuned for more details on the following projects.

The Politics of Enfranchisement (Dissertation, Book Project)

Candidacy Rights: The Untold Story of Migrant Enfranchisement. (EUI Project, Co-Authored with Sebastián Umpierrez de Reguero and Rainer Bauböck)

Evidence from Youth Enfranchisement in Austria (Side Project)

Global Compact for Migration: Position Patterns in the Consultation Phase (Side Project)


Dissertation Fieldwork

In my dissertation, I study the politics of enfranchisement based on in-depth case studies. These draw on several months of fieldwork in Switzerland, Austria, and the United Kingdom. In Switzerland, I was hosted as an NCCR Junior Visiting Fellow at the University of Basel. In Austria, I had the chance to join the Department of Government at the University of Vienna as a Visiting PhD. Due to travel restrictions and archival closures, I had to wait a while until I was able to do fieldwork—the wait was worth it!


Postgraduate Level:

Qualitative Methods in Politics
Teaching Assistant | Fall 2020 (Michaelmas)
Department of International Development | University of Oxford

Undergraduate Level:

Quantitative Methods in Politics (Q-Step)
Teaching Assistant | Winter 2021 (Hilary)
Department of Politics and International Relations | University of Oxford

Comparative Government (Oxford tutorials)
Retained Lecturer | Corpus Christi College | Fall 2019 (Michaelmas)
Tutor | Oriel College | Spring 2020 (Trinity)
Tutor | Pembroke College | Fall 2020 (Michaelmas)

Political Sociology (Oxford tutorials)
Retained Lecturer | Corpus Christi College | Fall 2019, Winter 2020 (Michaelmas, Hilary)

Politics in Europe (Oxford tutorials)
Retained Lecturer | Corpus Christi College | Fall 2019 (Michaelmas)