I am a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) at the Department of Government, University of Essex. At Essex, I am also a fellow at the Michael Nicholson Centre for Conflict and Cooperation, and the co-creator of the Essex Workshop on Development (EWOD). I received my PhD from the Department of Politics and Public Administration at the University of KonstanzI also hold an M.A. from SAIS, Johns Hopkins University.

On this website, you can find information on my research and teaching. 

My main research interest is in the political economy of conflict, local governance, and development, with a regional focus on Sub-Saharan Africa and indigenous North America. I am also interested in methodological issues of research transparency, secondary analysis and mixed methods. I employ a variety of approaches, combining applied experimental and qualitative methods, surveys, case studies, and fieldwork.

In recent years, my research has been generously supported by the Robert Bosch Foundation, the German Foundation for Peace Research (DSF), the Gerda Henkel Foundation, and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).


Department of Government
University of Essex
Room 5.302
Wivenhoe Park
Colchester CO4 3SQ, United Kingdom

+44 (0)1206 87-2745