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Academic Career
09/17 − ...                 Swiss National Science Foundation Professor of Political Science, Department of Political Science, University of Lucerne, Switzerland
03/14 − 08/17    Senior Research Associate, Department of Philosophy, University of Geneva, Switzerland
09/12 − 07/15     Adjunct Lecturer, Chair for Political Methodology, Institute of Political Science, University of Zurich, Zurich Switzerland, and Department of Humanities, Social and Political Sciences, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich, Switzerland
07/14 − 08/14    Visiting Research Fellow, Department of Sociology, University of Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania
10/12 − 12/13    Post-Doctoral Researcher, Department of Humanities, Social and Political Sciences, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich, Switzerland 
09/11 − 01/12    Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) Visiting Research Fellow, Center for International Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA 
05/09 − 10/12    PhD (Dr.sc.ETH), Department of Humanities, Social and Political Sciences, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich, Switzerland
09/07 − 04/09    MA (MACIS) in Comparative and International Studies, Department of Humanities, Social and Political Sciences, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich, Switzerland 
09/04 − 07/07    BSc in Politics with Economics, Department of European Studies and Modern Languages, University of Bath, United Kingdom 
09/02 − 04/04    Undergraduate Diploma in Business Administration, University of Applied Science Göttingen, Germany 



1.     Thiem, Alrik and Adrian Duşa. 2013. Qualitative Comparative Analysis with R: A user's guide. New York: Springer.
Chapters 1. Thiem, Alrik. 2022. Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA). In: R. Joseph Huddleston, Tom Jamieson, and Patrick James. eds. Handbook of Research Methods in International Relations. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, pp. 607-628.
Articles 34. Thiem, Alrik, Zuzana Sebechlebská and Lusine Mkrtchyan. 2023. Logic diagrams: A visual tool with untapped potential. Nature Reviews Methods Primers 3 (1): 21
  33. Thiem, Alrik and Lusine Mkrtchyan. 2023. Fewer procedures, more reflection: A rejoinder to Duşa and Marx. Field Methods. DOI: 10.1177/1525822X231159461.
  32. Thiem, Alrik and Lusine Mkrtchyan. 2023. Case-to-factor ratios and model specification in Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA). Field Methods. DOI: 10.1177/1525822x231159458.
  31. Mkrtchyan, Lusine, Alrik Thiem, and Zuzana Sebechlebská. 2023. Re-establishing a lost connection: Multi-value logic in causal data analysis in social science disciplines. IEEE Access 11: 10471-10482
  30. Thiem, Alrik, Lusine Mkrtchyan, and Zuzana Sebechlebská. 2022. Combinational Regularity Analysis (CORA) - A new method for uncovering complex causation in medical and health research. BMC Medical Research Methodology 22 (1): 333
  29. Thiem, Alrik. 2022. Beyond the facts: Limited empirical diversity and causal inference in Qualitative Comparative Analysis. Sociological Methods & Research 51 (2): 527-540.
  28. Thiem, Alrik. 2021. The logic and methodology of 'necessary but not sufficient causality': A comment on Necessary Condition Analysis (NCA). Sociological Methods & Research 50 (2): 913-925. (replication file)
  27. Whitaker, Rebecca G., Nina Sperber, Michael Baumgartner, Alrik Thiem, Deborah Cragun, Laura Damschroder, Edward J. Miech, Alecia Slade, and Sarah Birken. 2020. Coincidence Analysis: A new method for causal inference in implementation science. Implementation Science 15 (1): 108.
  26. Lankoski, Jussi and Alrik Thiem. 2020. Linkages between agricultural policies, productivity and environmental sustainability. Ecological Economics 178: 106809.
  25. Thiem, Alrik, Lusine Mkrtchyan, Tim Haesebrouck, and David Sanchez. 2020. Algorithmic bias in social research: A meta-analysis. PLOS ONE 15 (6): e0233625.
  24. Baumgartner, Michael and Alrik. Thiem. 2020. Often trusted but never (properly) tested: Evaluating Qualitative Comparative Analysis. Sociological Methods & Research 49 (2): 279-311. (replication file)
  23. Thiem, Alrik. 2018. Improving the use of Qualitative Comparative Analysis for inferring complex causation in development and planning research. Journal of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Development 8 (4): 622-631. (replication file)
  22. Haesebrouck, Tim and Alrik Thiem. 2018. Burden sharing in CSDP military operations. Defence and Peace Economics 29 (7): 748-765. (replication file)
  21. Baumgartner, Michael and Alrik Thiem. 2017. Model ambiguities in configurational comparative research. Sociological Methods & Research 46 (4): 954-987. (replication file)
  20. Thiem, Alrik. 2017. Conducting configurational comparative research with Qualitative Comparative Analysis: A hands-on tutorial for applied evaluation scholars and practitioners. American Journal of Evaluation 38 (3): 420-433. (replication file, corrigendum)
  19. Thiem, Alrik. 2016. Standards of good practice and the methodology of necessary conditions in Qualitative Comparative Analysis. Political Analysis 24 (4): 478-484. (replication file)
  18. Thiem, Alrik and M. Baumgartner. 2016. Modeling causal irrelevance in evaluations of Configurational Comparative Methods. Sociological Methodology 46 (1): 345-357. (replication file)
  17. Thiem, Alrik and Michael Baumgartner. 2016. Back to square one: A reply to Munck, Paine and Schneider. Comparative Political Studies 49 (6): 801-806.
  16. Thiem, Alrik, Michael Baumgartner, and Damien Bol. 2016. Still lost in translation! A correction of three misunderstandings between configurational comparativists and regressional analysts. Comparative Political Studies 49 (6): 742-774. (replication file)
  15. Thiem, Alrik, Reto Spöhel, and Adrian Duşa. 2016. Enhancing sensitivity diagnostics for Qualitative Comparative Analysis: A combinatorial approach. Political Analysis 24 (1): 104-120. (replication file)
  14. Thiem, Alrik. 2016. Analyzing multilevel data with QCA: Yet another straightforward procedure. Quality & Quantity: International Journal of Methodology 50 (1): 121-128. (replication file)
  13. Thiem, Alrik. 2015. Using Qualitative Comparative Analysis for identifying causal chains in configurational data: A methodological commentary on Baumgartner and Epple (2014). Sociological Methods & Research 44 (4): 723-736. (replication file)
  12. Baumgartner, Michael and Alrik Thiem. 2015. Identifying complex causal dependencies in configurational data with Coincidence Analysis. The R Journal 7 (1): 176-184.
  11. Duşa, Adrian and Alrik Thiem. 2015. Enhancing the minimization of Boolean and multivalue output functions with eQMC. Journal of Mathematical Sociology 39 (2): 92-108.
  10. Thiem, Alrik. 2015. Parameters of fit and intermediate solutions in multi-value Qualitative Comparative Analysis. Quality & Quantity: International Journal of Methodology 49 (2): 657-674.
  9. Thiem, Alrik. 2014. Mill's methods, induction and case sensitivity in Qualitative Comparative Analysis: A comment on Hug (2013) Qualitative & Multi-Method Research 12 (2): 19-24.
  8. Thiem, Alrik. 2014. Navigating the complexities of Qualitative Comparative Analysis: Case numbers, necessity relations and model ambiguities. Evaluation Review: A Journal of Applied Social Research 38 (6): 487-513. (replication file)
  7. Thiem, Alrik. 2014. Membership function sensitivity of descriptive statistics in fuzzy-set relations. International Journal of Social Research Methodology 17 (6): 625-642. (replication file)
  6. Thiem, Alrik. 2014. Unifying Configurational Comparative Methods: Generalized-set Qualitative Comparative Analysis. Sociological Methods & Research 43 (2): 313-337.
  5. Thiem, Alrik and Adrian Duşa. 2013. Boolean minimization in social science research: A review of current software for Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA). Social Science Computer Review 31 (4): 505-521.
  4. Thiem, Alrik and Adrian. Duşa. 2013. QCA: A package for Qualitative Comparative Analysis. The R Journal 5 (1): 87-97.
  3. Thiem, Alrik. 2013. Clearly crisp, and not fuzzy: A reassessment of the (putative) pitfalls of multi-value QCA. Field Methods 25 (2): 197-207.
  2. Thiem, Alrik and Adrian Duşa. 2012. Introducing the QCA package: A market analysis and software review. Qualitative & Multi-Method Research 10 (2): 45-49.
  1. Thiem, Alrik. 2011. Conditions of intergovernmental armaments cooperation in Western Europe, 1996-2006. European Political Science Review 3 (1): 1-33.
Reviews 2. Thiem, Alrik. 2015. Designing research in the social sciences, by M. Maggetti, F. Gilardi and C. M. Radaelli, London, Sage Publications, 2013. International Journal of Social Research Methodology 18 (4): 453-454.
  1. Thiem, Alrik. 2011. Rees, W. (2011) The US-EU security relationship. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. Journal of Contemporary European Research 7 (4): 561-562.
Software 8. Sebechlebská, Zuzana, Lusine Mkrtchyan, and Alrik Thiem. 2021. CORA: A Python package for Combinational Regularity Analysis. URL: https://github.com/PoliUniLu/cora.
  7. Sebechlebská, Zuzana, Lusine Mkrtchyan, and Alrik Thiem. 2020. LOGIGRAM: A Python package for the visualization of logic diagrams. URL: https://github.com/PoliUniLu/Logigram.
  6. Thiem, Alrik. 2018. QCApro: Advanced functionality for performing and evaluating Qualitative Comparative Analysis. R package version 1.1-2. URL: http://www.alrik-thiem.net/software/.
  5. Ambuehl, Mathias, Michael Baumgartner, Ruedi Epple, Alexis Kauffmann, and Alrik Thiem. 2015. cna: A package for Coincidence Analysis. R package version 1.0-3. URL: http://cran.r-project.org/package=cna.
  4. Duşa, Adrian and Alrik Thiem. 2014. QCA: A package for Qualitative Comparative Analysis. R package version 1.1-4. URL: http://www.alrik-thiem.net/software/. (predecessor of QCApro software)
  3. Thiem, Alrik. 2011. Multiplicative interactions, Wolfram Demonstrations Project, URL: http://demonstrations.wolfram.com/MultiplicativeInteractions/.
  2. Thiem, Alrik. 2010. Omitted variable bias, Wolfram Demonstrations Project, URL: http://demonstrations.wolfram.com/OmittedVariableBias/.
  1. Thiem, Alrik. 2010. Coverage in fuzzy subset relations, Wolfram Demonstrations Project, URL: http://demonstrations.wolfram.com/CoverageInFuzzySubsetRelations/.
Others 7. Thiem, Alrik, Lusine Mkrtchyan, and Zuzana Sebechlebská. 2022. A phantom menace: Why researchers should stop worrying about logical remainders in Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=4194667.
  6. Thiem, Alrik, Lusine Mkrtchyan, and Zuzana Sebechlebská. 2022. Combinational Regularity Analysis (CORA) - A New Method for Uncovering Complex Causation. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4169040.
  5. Thiem, Alrik, and Lusine Mkrtchyan. 2022. Do Event Attribution and Partisanship Shape Local Discussion of Climate Change after Extreme Weather? A Comment on Boudet et al. (2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4169024.
  4. Vaterlaus, Cheryl, and Alrik Thiem. 2021. Das Ausländerstimmrecht in der Schweiz: Eine konfigurativ vergleichende Analyse kantonaler Abstimmungen. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3974619.
  3. Thiem, Alrik. 2015. Standards of good practice and the methodology of necessary conditions in Qualitative Comparative Analysis: A critical view on Schneider and Wagemann's Theory-Guided/Enhanced Standard Analysis. COMPASSS WP Series 2015-83. URL: http://www.compasss.org/wpseries/Thiem2015.pdf.
  2. Thiem, Alrik. 2012. Unifying configurational comparative methodology: Generalized-set Qualitative Comparative Analysis. Committee on Concepts and Methods Working Paper Series, 34. URL: http://www.concepts-methods.org/Files/WorkingPaper/PM_34_Thiem.pdf.
  1. Thiem, Alrik. 2010. Set-relational fit and the formulation of transformational rules in fsQCA. COMPASSS WP Series 2010-61. URL: http://www.compasss.org/wpseries/Thiem2010.pdf.


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