I was born in East Berlin two and a half years before the Wall came down. After finishing high school, I lived and worked for about a year in Bangladesh as a volunteer. In the fall of 2007, I began studying political science at the University of Mannheim, Germany. Three years later, in June 2010, I completed my B.A. in Political Science, minoring in Economics.
I enrolled in Mannheim’s M.A. program in Political Science, and I was a visiting graduate student at Washington University in St. Louis from September 2010 to August 2011, where I completed most of the required coursework for my M.A. degree, which I received in May 2012.
Shortly after, I became a research associate at Thomas König’s Chair of Political Science II and later in the fall of 2012, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Political Science and the Graduate School of Economic and Social Sciences at the University of Mannheim. From April to September 2015, I was a visiting student researcher at Stanford - The Europe Center.
My graduate coursework focused on political methodology and international relations. I also participated in the Empirical Implications of Theoretical Models Summer Institute (EITM Europe) at Mannheim for three years and the Essex/Nuffield CESS Experimental Summer School, University of Oxford, in 2013. I do my programming in R and C++ via Rcpp. Occasionally, I also use Python and STATA.
In July 2016, I defended my dissertation “Hidden Votes and the Analysis of Decision Records,” and since August 2016 I have been a postdoctoral researcher at the Immigration Policy Lab at the ETH Zürich, which is the European branch of the Immigration Policy Lab at Stanford University.
Methodologically, I am interested in the missing-data problems that underlie many topics in political methodology, including, for example, causal inference and measurement. My dissertation research focused on how to analyze committee decision records that are a coarse version of voting records, where instead of individual votes only the committee’s joint decision is observed by the researcher. The key results are summarized in this paper.
In my work on the role of migration in politics, I rely on a combination of statistical modeling and strong research designs to make credible inferences. For example, in my dissertation research, I studied how migration shapes international politics. Using the results from my work on committee decision records, I analyzed whether the UN Security Council is more likely to deploy UN operations in response to conflicts that produce many refugees (paper link). My current work focuses on how migrants shape politics in their new and old homes and vice-versa.
Over the last three years, I have taught introductory undergraduate seminars in international relations and political methodology, as well as a mathematics refresher for masters students at the University of Mannheim. I have also been a teaching assistant for Jeff Gill’s “Hierarchical Models” course at Essex Summer School in Social Science Data Analysis in 2014.