- Qualitative and econometric approaches of impact assessments
- Democratisation/ elections in developing countries
- Regional focus: sub-Saharan Africa
Mascha Rauschenbach started working as an evaluator at the Competence Centre for Methodology in 2018. Before her work at DEval she was a postdoctoral researcher at the Chair of International Relations of Prof Sabine Carey at the University of Mannheim. Here she researched and taught in democratization, conflict research, election-related violence, African politics and on the political economy and the impacts of development cooperation. She received her doctorate on campaign strategies in Sub-Saharan Africa from the University of Mannheim in 2015 and her diploma (Masters) in Languages, Economics and Cultural Studies from the University of Passau in 2010. Mascha Rauschenbach has extensive experience in the collection and analysis of quantitative and qualitative data. During various field research stays in Cameroon and Ghana she conducted a survey experiment, created an event data set, conducted quantitative content analyses, and conducted focus groups and semi-structured interviews. Ms. Rauschenbach gained relevant practical experience in development cooperation during internships at the Goethe-Institut in Togo and the GIZ in Cameroon, for which she conducted studies on the impact of a decentralisation process on local development.
Rauschenbach, Mascha (2015), "The Importance of Preaching to the Converted: The Strategic Use of Campaign Rallies, Campaign Promises, Clientelism, and Violence in African Elections", Doctoral Thesis, University of Mannheim.
Rauschenbach, Mascha; Paula, Katrin (Forthcoming), "Intimidating Voters with Violence and Mobilizing them with Clientelism", Journal of Peace Research.