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I am Senior Lecturer at the Department of Politics and Public Administration, University of Konstanz, Germany. Currently, I am an Interim Professor for Political Science at the Department of Political Science, University of Basel, Switzerland. In winter term 2017-2018, I was an Interim Professor for Internatinoal Relations at the Department of Political Science, University of Göttingen, Germany.
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 and state-building in developing, transitioning, fragile and post-conflict contexts. My research focuses on causes and consequences of state fragility, international state-building and externally overseen transition to democracy, and the interaction between external and domestic actors therein.
In my habilitation thesis, 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 assumed. The habilitation thesis is based on two original datasets, expert interviews and several in-depth case studies.
Currently, I plan a research project that will deal with pro-democracy movements and ask what motivates their leaders to fight against cruel dictatorship. This project will innovatively include theories and methods of political science, political sociology and political psychology.
I am member of the Research Network External Democracy Promotion (EDP) that is funded by the Leibniz Gemeinschaft.