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I am Senior Lecturer at the Department of Politics and Public Administration, University of Konstanz, Germany. Currently, I am Interim Professor at the Department for Political Science, University of Göttingen.

I am a political scientist with a background in international relations, comparative politics and European integration and a keen interest in applied quantitative and qualitative methodology of comparative social inquiry. 

I specialize in the field of democratization, democracy promotion and development cooperation in developing, transitioning, fragile and post-conflict contexts. My current research focuses on causes and consequences of state fragility, international state-building and externally overseen transition to democracy in post-conflict societies, and the interaction between external and domestic actors therein.

In my habilitation, I investigate strategies and instruments of EU and UN democracy promotion, study the effects, and offer innovative explanations as of why international democracy promotion is often less effective than originally assumed. The habilitation thesis is based on two newly compiled datasets and several in-depth case studies.

Please find further information about  my research and teaching on this website.

I am member of the Research Network External Democracy Promotion (EDP) that is funded by the Leibniz Gemeinschaft.







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