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I am 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 2015-2020) and at the Chair of Sociology of Diversity Chair, Technical University of Munich (since July 2015).
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, and I am currently working on my habilitation at the Technical University of Munich (since July 2017). Since October 2016, I am an external lecturer at the Institute for Political Science, University of Innsbruck. I will be 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, the EU as a human rights actor, 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. I mainly teach on European social and fundamental rights policy, migratory and refugee movements and their impact on health care systms, international socio-political developments and on academic thesis writing. I have completed the Zertifikat Hochschullehre Bayern – Aufbaustufe (120 working hours of higher education didactics training) and am currently enrolled in the Vertiefungsstufe (200 working hours of training). I’m also supervising Bachelor’s theses at the Technical University of Munich and at the University of Innsbruck; if you’re interested in BA or MA thesis supervision, please let me know.
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.