I am an Assistant Professor at CERGE-EI (tenure track, under US permanent charter) and a research fellow/post-doc at the University of Zurich. I hold a PhD (Dr. rer. pol.) from TU Dresden. During my PhD studies, I was employed as a Junior Economist at the ifo Institute for Economic Research, Dresden Branch.

My research aims to analyze the evolution of societies in both economic and socio-cultural terms. I look at (quasi) natural-experiments in history to identify causal effects of historical policies or long-gone events on modern-day outcomes (see my PhD thesis "Socio-economic persistence of historical shocks"). My research philosophy is to combine both econometrics and contextualization which increases the accuracy of my research and yields results that are likely to be causal.