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

International research

July - August 2008
Ethnographic Research in the Democratic Republic of Congo, funded by the German Institute for Human Rights
March - June 2006,
September - December 2005
Ethnographic Research in the Demokratic Republic of Congo and in Uganda
January - February 2005
Research preparation in Bordeaux, France
October - December 2002
Research for M.A. dissertation in Gauteng, South Africa, funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)