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 the University of Goettingen and at the GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies, 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 and legitimation, EU foreign policy, diffusion