About Me

GetMediaI am a political anthropologist and an Assistant Professor with the Sociology of Development and Change Group at Wageningen University & Research, the Netherlands.

My PhD is in Social Anthropology and Ethnology, and, through a cotutelle (joint) programme, in Social and Cultural Analysis. Bridging the social sciences and humanities, the cotutelle allowed me to divide my time between France and Canada, the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Concordia University and two research centers connected to École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in France: the Institut de recherche interdisciplinaire sur les enjeux sociaux (IRIS) as my primary research affiliation, and the Centre de Recherche et de Documentation sur l’Océanie (CREDO) where I was based for six months in 2013. I also spent six months as a visiting research student at the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Simon Fraser University, Canada. After successfully defending my PhD, I joined the Department of Community, Culture and Global Studies, University of British Columbia, Canada, in January 2017 as a postdoctoral research and teaching fellow, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. For my PhD, I received primary funding through a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship (2013-2016) and various internal awards from Concordia University.

My political research and teaching interests build on my undergraduate and first postgraduate training. Born and raised in Southern Germany, I received a BA (Hons) in International Relations (First Class) from the University of Sussex, Brighton. In 2011, I completed an MA in Public Administration with a thematic focus on Peace and Conflict Studies at the Tokyo-based ICU, which hosts one of worldwide six Rotary Peace Centers. I had already spent a year at ICU and its Liberal Arts College as an exchange student during my undergraduate studies and returned in 2009 with a full scholarship from the Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho).

Here you can learn more about my experience as a cotutelle PhD student: http://www.concordia.ca/cunews/main/stories/2017/08/21/cotutelle-program-broader-horizons-for-phd-research.html