About me

I am a PhD candidate at the Doctoral Center in Social and Behavioral Science of the Graduate School of Economics and Social Sciences at the University of Mannheim and a research associate at the Chair of Political Science, International Relations. Motivated by the need to understand the continuing recurrence of conflicts in the world, my research interest on conflict studies became increasingly focused on post-civil war stability.

In my dissertation, I analyze leadership survival -- in particular in post-conflict settings. Using a wide range of quantitative methods, I further explore questions on conflict elections, women's substantive representation as well as the interplay of natural resources and foreign direct investment.

I received the CDSS Young Scholar Award 2020 with Dennis Hammerschmidt for a joint project on computer vision. My teaching was awarded with the Teaching Award 2019 and 2020 for a methods course that integrates a flipped classroom and a project-based group work as well as an advanced seminar that includes step-wise learning with a final UN Security Council simulation (facilitated by the DGVN e.V.).

During my work at the Data and Methods Unit of the MZES, I co-founded MZES Methods Bites where I still serve as a co-editor and contributor. Our methodological blog posts are also featured on R-bloggers, R Weekly, and Medium.

I hold a Bachelor's as well as a Master's degree in Political Science from the University of Mannheim and gained international experience during my stays abroad at Rice Universiy, Universitet Uppsala, Sweden, and SciencesPo Paris, France. I further extended both my theoretical and methodological skills at several workshops and summer schools (e.g., Olympic Summer Academy, EITM Europe, Zurich Summer School for Women in Political Methodology, and hackathons such as the DataFest Germany or HackZurich in the past years.

Beyond my academic passion, I serve as the chair-woman of the Rationale Altruisten Mannheim e.V. – an association which supports young scholars in the field of social sciences at the University of Mannheim by providing funding for research projects, conferences, and final projects. I am also an enthusiastic supporter of WUMAN - a network for scholars at the University of Mannheim. I am further a co-organizer of the annual Workshop on Conflict Dynamics at the Nuffield College, University of Oxford, UK.



Research Associate

Mannheim Centre for European Research (MZES), Data and Methods Unit

Apr 2020 – Mar 2021 Mannheim

Research Associate

Mannheim Centre for European Research (MZES), Data and Methods Unit

Dec 2018 – Aug 2019 Mannheim

Doctoral Researcher

University of Mannheim

Sep 2016 – Present Mannheim

Awards and Honors

Teaching Award 2020

For the methods course Complexities in analyzing conflicts – Data wrangling and data management in R

CDSS Young Scholar Award 2020

For the project on computer vision A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words – Enriching Our Understanding of Political Actors Using Computer Vision with Dennis Hammerschmidt

Teaching Award 2019

For the advanced seminar Actors and tactics in conflict settings (including a simulation of the UNSC facilitated by the DGVN e.V.)


MA in Political Science

Visiting undergraduate student

BA in Political Science (major) and Economics (minor)