Marlène Gerber (Dr.rer.soc.) is Deputy Director of the Année Politique Suisse, the Yearbook of Swiss Politics, at the Institute of Political Science, University of Bern. In 2013, she finished her PhD thesis on the potential for deliberation among EU citizens, based on a project funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation. During her PhD, she worked as a research assistant at the Universities of Bern, Zurich and Lucerne. From 2004 to 2010, she studied political science, geography and international humanitarian law at the University of Bern, Switzerland (lic. rer. soc, equivalent to MA). During her studies, she worked as a student assistant at the University of Bern and spent an exchange semester at the University of Helsinki, Finland.