Conflict studies, ethnic conflict, electoral violence, violent conflict at the local level, democratic transition, party politics, human rights
Subsaharan Afrika, with a focus on East and Southern Africa
Doctorate, University of Duisburg-Essen, Department of Political Science: “Disaggregating violence. The impact of ethnic politics, land access and inequalities on ethnic and electoral violence in Kenya and Malawi"
1999 - 2005
German-French Double-Diploma in Social Science at the University of Stuttgart and the Institut d’études politiques de Bordeaux: „Problems of Democratization in Africa: Research concepts in comparative perspective“
Professional Experience / Applied Research:
2016 – 2019
Amnesty International Deutschland, Berlin, Asia desk
2015 – 2016
Amnesty International Deutschland, Berlin, Africa desk
2013 – 2015
Civil Peace Service, Peace Brigades International Kenya, Nairobi, project coordinator
2008 – 2015
PhD student, political science, University of Duisburg-Essen, 22 months of field research in Kenya und Malawi between 2010 – 2013
2010 – 2013
22 months of field research in Kenya und Malawi
2009 – 2010
Visiting scholar at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, USA
2006 – 2008
German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA), Institute for African Studies, Berlin, Germany, research fellow in the research project „Managing Ethnic Conflict through Institutional Engineering: Ethnic Party Bans in Africa“
2005 – 2007
Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Institute for political science, lecturer and research fellow
2016 Disaggregating violence. The impact of ethnic politics, land access and inequalities on ethnic and electoral violence in Kenya and Malawi, Nomos Verlag
2014 (with Matthijs Bogaards and Sebastian Elischer) Ethnic party bans in Africa: Can party regulation create national parties?, in Jacques Bertrand und Oded Haklai (eds.) Democratization and Ethnic Minorities: Conflict or Compromise? London: Routledge, 39-57.
2011 (with Matthias Basedau) Parties in chains – do party bans in Africa promote peace?, in: Party Politics, Vol. 17, Nr. 2, 205 - 222.
2010 Comparing ethnic party regulation in East Africa, in: Democratization, Vol. 17, Nr. 4, 750 - 768.
2010 (with Matthias Basedau) An effective measure of institutional engineering? Ethnic party bans in Africa, in: Democratization, Vol. 17, Nr. 4, 666 - 686.
2010 Party bans in Africa - an empirical overview, in: Democratization, Vol. 17, Nr. 4, 618 - 641.
2008 (with Matthias Basedau) Promoting peace and democracy through party regulation? Ethnic party bans in Africa, GIGA Working Paper Nr. 66, Hamburg.