I am Assistant Professor of Computational Social Science in the Department of Politics and Public Administration at the University of Konstanz, Germany. Previously I was a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of International Relations & Political Science at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland, and the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) at the University of Maryland, USA. In 2014, I completed my PhD in the team of Prof. Dirk Helbing (ETH Zürich). My external PhD advisers were Prof. Ravi Bhavnani (Graduate Institute, Geneva) and Prof. Scott E. Page (University of Michigan).
In my research, I combine a substantive interest in political science—studying social processes such as urban violence and crime, conflict and terrorism, or social influence through traditional and new media—with the development and refinement of quantitative methodologies for social science research. I have a background in both natural sciences and social sciences and in my research aim to help bridge the gap between substantially relevant social science research and novel quantitative approaches adopted from the natural, engineering and computer sciences.
I am currently working on a three-year MINERVA funded research project hosted at the University of Maryland which examines how foreign assistance shapes resilience to intra-state armed conflict at the sub-national level, with a primary focus on Africa. I am also involved in an NSF funded project at START that models grievances and political instability through global media. In addition, I serve as a consultant on a multi-institutional research project on modeling early risk indicators to anticipate malnutrition that involves researchers at the University of Maryland, the Graduate Institute in Geneva and the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. For more details on those projects, please refer to Projects.