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

International research

2016 and 2017 Several research stays in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo on projects and programs against sexualised violence

February - April 2016 Research on international organisations' activities against sexualised violence in conflict contexts, New York City and Washington DC, USA

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)