Institut für Interkulturelle und Internationale Studien


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

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