Oliver Rittmann is a PhD Candidate at the Center for Doctoral Studies in Social and Behavioral Sciences and a Research Associate at the chair of Political Science, Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences at the University of Mannheim. He holds a Master's degree in Political Science from the University of Mannheim and a Bachelor's degree in Social Sciences from the Heinrich-Heine University of Düsseldorf. Throughout his studies he worked as a research assistant at the Collaborative Research Center 884 "The Political Economy of Reforms".
His research focuses on parliaments, legislative processes and political representation. Methodologically, he is interested in statistical modeling, automated text- and video analysis, and subnational estimation of public opinion. In his Master's thesis he used automated text- and video analysis to explore the conditions under which members of the U.S. House of Representative deliver dramatized speeches on the parliamentary floor.