Political scientist focusing on conflict, peace and development
My research lies at the intersection of comparative politics and international relations including peace and conflict research and development studies. I am particularly interested in (1) gender norms and its relationship to conflict, peace and development as well as (2) state-society relations, social cohesion and prosocial behavior. Methodologically, I combine statistics, GIS and survey experiments. Frequently, I do field work in Africa (e.g., DR Congo, Liberia, South Sudan, Burundi, Nigeria) and cooperate with humanitarian and development organizations including the World Bank, Welthungerhilfe, Oxfam and others. My research has been generously funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the KfW Development Bank. I am also affiliated with the School of Public Policy at the University College London and the University of Konstanz.