Assistant Professor of
Global Governance and Comparative Regionalism


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. In my current research I analyze the factors that influence the institutional design of regional organizations in time, and explore the influence of EU institutions on other regional organizations.

I am Assistant Professor (Juniorprofessor) of Global Governance and Comparative Regionalism at Göttingen University and at the German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA), Hamburg. During the academic year 2015/16, I was a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute (EUI), Florence. Previously, I worked 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.

Main research areas

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