My research is located at the intersection of international relations, conflict studies, and historical political sociology. Eastern and southern Africa are my areas of geographic specialization. In the Democratic Republic of Congo, I have conducted research on humanitarian military intervention, armed groups, and local structures of rule. Presently I am directing a project on the consequences of sexualised violence in the same country. From February 2019 I will focus on a new field. Together with colleagues from within the CRC 1342 on Global Dynamics of Social Policy, I will investigate the rise, decay and renaissance of welfare politics over a century in six African countries. My case studies will be on South Africa and Tanzania.

I am also interested in the dynamics between collective contentious action and forms of internationalized authority. My teaching and research interests furthermore include topics like development cooperation, sovereign debt politics, and post-conflict state formation. 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 a visiting fellow at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence.

Academic Positions
Studies and Degrees
International research

Academic Positions

ab 2019 Co-Director "Transnational Welfare. The Rise, Decay and Renaissance of Social Policies in Africa" (DFG-CRC 1342, Project B9)

seit 2016 Leiter des Forschungsprojekts "Internationale Interventionen gegen sexualisierte Gewalt"

since 2011
Research and Teaching Assistant at the Institute for Intercultural and International Studies (InIIS) at the University of Bremen

September 2013 - February 2014
Visiting Fellow at the European University Institute (EUI) Florence
2009 - 2011
Research and Teaching Assistant at the Institute for interdisciplinary Research on Conflict and Violence (IKG) at the University of Bielefeld
Research and Teaching Assistant at the Institute for Political Science, Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg
2004 - 2008
Research and Teaching Assistant in the Junior Research Group "Micropolitics of Armed Groups" (funded by Volkswagen-Foundation), Institute for Social Sciences, Humboldt-University at Berlin
Since 2000
Freelance writer for various print media