My research is at the intersection of international relations, conflict studies, and political sociology. Eastern and southern Africa, especially the Democratic Republic of Congo, are my areas of geographic specialization. In the Congo, I have conducted research on humanitarian military intervention, armed groups, and local structures of rule. More recently, I became interested in the dynamics between collective contentious action and forms of internationalized authority. My teaching and research interests also include development cooperation, sovereign debt politics, and post-conflict statebuilding. Before joining the InIIS at the University of Bremen in 2011, I have been a researcher at Humboldt-University Berlin, University of Magdeburg and University of Bielefeld. From September 2013 to February 2014, I have been visiting fellow at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence.

Academic Positions
Studies and Degrees
International research

Studies and Degrees

February 2010     
Doctorate (Dr. phil.) awarded by the Institute for Social Sciences, Humboldt-University Berlin

2008 - 2010    
PhD studies in Political Science at the Institute for Social Sciences, Humboldt-University Berlin

June 2004     
Magister Artium (M.A.) awarded by Humboldt-University at Berlin

2000 - 2001     
Erasmus-Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

1997 - 2004     
Afrikan Studies (major), Political Science and European Anthropology at the Humboldt-University Berlin