I am Senior Lecturer at the University of Tasmania since August 2016 where I deeply enjoy living in a relatively healthy natural environment and working with brilliant colleagues and students. Before coming to Oz, I have been Senior Lecturer in the department of International Relations at the School of Global Studies at the University of Sussex. The School of Global Studies is probably the place where, in the OECD world at least, the most innovative and thrilling research in international relations is taking place. You can have a look at some of those projects here. At the Uni Sussex I devised a foundational year course ‘Introduction to Global Studies’ for which I was able to make video interviews with colleagues from all over the School on labor rights in Latin America, queer international relations, the British in colonial Africa, reproductive rights in India, the World Trade Organization, crying madonnas, arms trade, and many more issues of global politics.
From 2007 to 2014, I was associate professor and Head of the Division International Studies at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China. I was responsible for the teaching and research management of about 450 students and 9 faculty. I taught courses in international relations theory, international political economy, conflict and peace, and gender issues. I also worked on the research for my book ‘The Distinction of Peace’.
Before going to China, I worked as lecturer at the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Nottingham in the UK from 2005 to 2007. I taught the probably most loathed module of the undergraduate degree, Approaches to Political Studies, and seemingly made a good job of it as students gave good feedback and used what they learnt in their later dissertations. I also taught courses on international relations theory and conflict and peace.
After my PhD I worked for three years at the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt. I participated in the research project “Democratic Wars” and focussed particularly on the case of France’s decisions to go to war in the post-Cold War era (see in the section publications). During that time I taught classes at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris and at the Study Abroad Centre of the University of Chicago in Paris.
I received my postgraduate education at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris and I did my PhD at the Free University Berlin while being research fellow at the Social Science Research Centre Berlin. My PhD dealt with civil society building in post-conflict countries. I looked at the restructuring efforts of five Red Cross Societies in South Eastern Europe (Albania, Bulgaria, Bosnia, Serbia, Macedonia) after the Kosovo war and assessed under which conditions external assistance to organisational reform was likely to succeed. The thesis was published in German as “Rudimentäre Zivilgesellschaften. Das Rote Kreuz auf dem Balkan” by Lit Verlag in 2005.
My PhD built on the experience and interviews I did while being consultant for the German Red Cross and research fellow at the Social Science Research Centre Berlin in the research project “Humanitarian Assistance between Morality and Power”, directed by Professor Wolf-Dieter Eberwein and funded by the German Research Foundation. During that time (1997-2000) I also worked as freelance journalist for the daily “Berliner Zeitung” and the online journal “www.netzeitung.de“. I notably covered French politics.
I received my undergraduate education in Hanover, Berlin and Paris. I graduated from the French-German Study Cycle in social and political sciences of the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris and the Free University Berlin, and from the Free University Berlin.