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I am a political scientist with a background in International Relations and EU Studies. My research interests encompass international organizations and the comparative study of regional integration processes. My ongoing research analyzes the factors that influence the institutional design of regional organizations over time, explores the influence of EU institutions on other regional organizations, and examines the dynamics of legitimation in regional organizations.

I am Professor of International Relations at the Leuphana University Lüneburg, Germany. During the academic year 2015/16, I was a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute (EUI), Florence. Previously, I worked as an Assistant Professor (Juniorprofessor) at the University of Goettingen and at the German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA) as well as a postdoctoral fellow in a research project on the authority of international organizations, directed by Liesbet Hooghe and Gary Marks, at the Free University of Amsterdam, Netherlands. I hold an M.Phil in Politics and a D.Phil in International Relations, both from St. Antony's College, Oxford University, UK.

I currently conduct two third-party funded research projects. The first one is a Leibniz Junior Research Group on the causes and consequences of legitimation strategies of regional organizations (LegRO), located at the German Institute for Global and Area Studies, Hamburg. The second one is a project on the authority of international organizations and the role of institutional overlap, which I pursue at the Leuphana University Lüneburg in cooperation with Yoram Haftel from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. 


Main research areas

international organizations, comparative regionalism, institutional design and evolution, legitimacy and legitimation, EU foreign policy, diffusion