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Since March 2020, I am a senior researcher at the Institute for Minority Rights, Eurac Research (Bozen/Bolzano, Italy). Before coming to Eurac, I was a post-doctoral research associate at the Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy (Fellow-Group: “Dis[cover]ability and Indicators for Inclusion”) and at the Chair of Sociology of Diversity, Technical University of Munich (both from July 2015 – February 2020). Since May 2020, I’m teaching as a Privatdozentin at the Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences at TUM, primarily on diversity and health.

I completed my cumulative habilitation at the Technical University of Munich in April 2020, and in August 2020 I was awarded the venia legendi and the title of Privatdozentin, which certifies that I now possess all prerequisites for full university professorships, and allows me to supervise PhD students. My habilitation is titled “Fostering Political Participation, Representation, and Well-Being: Why Diversity and Inclusion Governance Matters”.

I completed my PhD in Political Science at the University of Innsbruck, Austria, in March 2015 (Dissertation: The Impact of Europeanization on Minority Communities, published with Springer VS, 2016). I also hold Mag. Phil. (M.A.) degrees in Political Science and English and American Studies (both awarded with distinction) from the University of Innsbruck and a B.A. degree in Scandinavian Studies from the University of Vienna. From October 2016 until March 2019, I was an external lecturer at the Institute for Political Science, University of Innsbruck. I was also a guest researcher at the Institute for Comparative Federalism (EURAC Research, Bozen/Bolzano, Italy) from May to August 2018; during my PhD, I was a visiting graduate student researcher at the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington, Seattle (USA).

My main research interests are the inclusion and participation of diverse and often societally marginalized groups (e.g national minorities, persons with disabilities, migrants, refugees), minority and migration policy, political participation at the regional level, transnational civil society and activist networks, social movements, comparative social policy and welfare state analysis, Europeanization processes “top-down” and “bottom-up”, international human rights norms and their impact on policies and polities,  political processes in multi-level-governance systems, as well as regionalism and federalism with a focus on the ‘Europe of the regions’. My work has been published in peer-reviewed journals, edited volumes and monographs and presented at international conferences; I’m also available for invited talks on the topics mentioned above, as well as for PhD supervision. I mainly teach on European social and fundamental rights policy, health and diversity, migratory and refugee movements and their impact on health care systems, introduction to social law, and academic thesis writing. I have completed the Zertifikat Hochschullehre Bayern – Vertiefungsstufe (200 working hours of higher education didactics training) in 2019.

Should you have any questions about me or my work, please do not hesistate to contact me through the e-mail address provided below. I’m also open for collaborations, especially in comparative international settings, and I would be happy to hear about any ideas for joint projects.