PhD Candidate

University of Mannheim


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.

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 further a co-organizer of the annual Workshop on Conflict Dynamics at the Nuffield College, University of Oxford, UK.


  • Conflict Studies
  • Leadership Survival
  • Transformation Research
  • Computational Social Science


  • Visiting scholar, 2019

    Rice University, Houston, TX, USA

  • MA in Political Science, 2016

    University of Mannheim

  • Visiting graduate student, 2015

    Sciences Po Paris, Paris School of International Affairs

  • BA in Political Science (major) and Economics (minor), 2014

    University of Mannheim

  • Visiting undergraduate student, 2012

    Uppsala Universitet


List of selected academic experiences


Research Associate

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

Apr 2020 – Present 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

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