Short CV/Education and training

  • 1965
    born in Eutin, Germany

  • 1972 – 1985
    Primary and Secondary School Education

  • 1985 – 1987
    Basic courses at University of Hamburg in Ethnology, Political Science, Socio-economic History and Oriental Studies

  • 1988 – 1992
    Main studies at Johann-Wolfgang Goethe University of Frankfurt/Main

  • 1992
    Graduation, M.A. (Magister Artium) with rating “very good” / mark 1,2 received from Johann-Wolfgang Goethe University of Frankfurt/Main

  • 1992 – 1995
    Executive Manager of the European Informatics Conference for Adult IT-Education, Frankfurt/Main

  • 1996 – 1999
    Researcher at European University Viadrina, Frankfurt/Oder, Institute of Comparative Cultural and Social Anthropology with Professor Werner Schiffauer

  • 2000 – 2002
    Research Officer at the University of Essex, Colchester (UK), Department of Sociology with Professor Yasemin Soysal

  • 2000 – 2005
    PhD-project; postgraduate studies in Comparative Cultural and Social Anthropology at European University of Frankfurt/Oder with Professor Werner Schiffauer

  • since 2002
    Senior Researcher at the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF)

  • 2005
    PhD awarded with honours in Cultural Studies from European University of Frankfurt/Oder; supervisors: Professor Werner Schiffauer, Frankfurt/Oder and Professor Gerd Baumann, University of Amsterdam (Netherlands)

  • 2005 – 2010
    Executive Board Member in the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt

  • 2012 – 2016
    Head of Research Group in the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt

  • since 2017 Head of Research Department and Board Member in the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt

Selected publications

  • From Paternalism to Facilitation. SSR Shortcomings and the Potential of Social Anthropological Perspectives, in: International Peacekeeping, 21 (2), 2014, pp. 269-285.

  • The 'Democratic Soldier', DCAF SSR Paper No. 8, Geneva 2013 (Center for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces).

  • Integration Norms and Realities in Diverse Urban Neighbourhoods in Germany: The Impact of Different Cultural Capital; in: Nordic Journal of Migration Research, 2 (2), 2012.

  • Mannitz, Sabine (ed.): Democratic Civil-Military Relations. Soldiering in 21st Century Europe, London 2012 (Routledge, Cass Military Studies Series).

  • Pupils' Negotiations of Cultural Differences: Identity Management and Discursive Assimilation, in: Gerd Baumann und Steven Vertovec (eds): Multiculturalism. Critical Concepts in Sociology, London (Routledge)

  • Rethinking the Nation-State: Projections of Identity in French and German History and Civics Textbooks (together with Teresa Bertilotti and Yasemin N. Soysal), in: Hanna Schissler/Yasemin N. Soysal (eds.), The Nation, Europe, and the World, Oxford & New York ( Berghahn) 2005, pp. 13-34.

Selected projects

  • Cultural Effects of Global Norm Transmission for SSR, PRIF, 2012-2016, funded by the Leibniz Association

  • Ethnic Differences in Education and Diverging Prospects for Urban Youth in an Enlarged Europe (EDUMIGROM), CEU Budapest, 2008-2011:, funded by the EU

  • The Image of the Democratic Soldier, PRIF, 2005-2010, funded by the VolkswagenFoundation

  • Rethinking Nation State Identities in the New Europe,

    University of Essex, 2000-2002, funded by the ESRC (Head: Prof. Yasemin Soysal)

  • State, School, and Ethnicity, European University Viadrina, Frankfurt/Oder, 1996-1999, funded by the VolkswagenFoundation (Head: Prof. Werner Schiffauer)

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the Board of the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (2005-2010, and again since 2017)

  • Member of the Board of the German Foundation for Peace Research (since 2016)

  • Member of the Board of Trustees of the German Foundation for Peace Research (since 2013)

  • Member of the nomination committee to award the Seoul Peace Prize of the Seoul Peace Prize Cultural Foundation (since 2014)

  • Mentor of scholarship holders of Deutschlandstipendium at Goethe-University Frankfurt (since 2014)

  • Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research, Braunschweig (since 2014)

  • Member of the Advisory Board of the International Research Project on "Future Citizens in Pedagogic Texts and in Education Policies: Examples from Norway, Sweden, Syria and Turkey" of Stockholm University, University of Gothenburg, University of Linköping and Sabanci University, Istanbul; funded by the Swedish Research Council (since 2011)

  • Member of the Editorial Board of Journal of Educational Media, Memory and Society, edited by the Georg-Eckert-Institut für Internationale Schulbuchforschung, Braunschweig, at Berghahn Books

  • Juror of the selection committee for the European Youth Parliament delegates of Germany (

  • Member of the Steering Committee and German Research Team Leader for the international collaborative research project "Ethnic Differences in Education and Diverging Prospects for Urban Youth in an Enlarged Europe" (Acronym EDUMIGROM), funded by the EU in the 7th Framework Programme (2008-2011)

  • Member in the appointed Advisory Committee of the Research Project "Conflict management in intercultural contexts of youth welfare and school" (2005-2008), conducted on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Family, the Elderly, Women and Youth

  • Member of the Educational Council of Heinrich-Böll-Foundation, task force on Intercultural Education (2002-2004)

Additional qualifications

  • Experienced in steering multinational research groups, project management and leadership

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Soft Skills

  • Perceptiveness, perseverance, reliability, critical thinking skills, leadership skills, management of diverse groups, intercultural communication, mentoring experience, meeting management


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