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Assistant Professor of Computational Social Science

Center for Data and Methods
Department of Politics and Public Administration
University of Konstanz
78457 Konstanz, Germany


Assistant Professor of Computational Social Science, Department of Politics and Public Administration, University of Konstanz, since 2016

Postdoctoral Researcher, National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), University of Maryland, 2015-16

Visiting Lecturer, Department of International Relations & Political Science at the Graduate Institute Geneva, 2015-16

Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of International Relations & Political Science at the Graduate Institute Geneva, 2014-16

Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Humanities, Social and Political Sciences at ETH Zürich, Professorship of Computational Social Science, 2014-15


ETH Zürich
Dr. sc., Department of Humanities, Social and Political Science, 2010-2014
Major fields: Computational Social Science, Political Science
Dissertation: “Disssagregating Civil Conflict”
Committee: Dirk Helbing, Ravi Bhavnani, Scott E. Page

TU München:
Dipl. Phys., Department of Physics, 2008-2009
Major fields: Theoretical Physics, Complex Systems

McGill University:
Graduate studies, Department of Physics, 2007-2008
Major fields: Theoretical Physics, Complex Systems

TU München:
Undergraduate studies, Department of Physics and Mathematics, 2004-2007
Major fields: Physics, Mathematics

Research Interests

Micro-foundations of social (interaction) dynamics:
urban violence and crime
asymmetric intra-state conflict and terrorism
grievances and political instability
social influence through traditional and online media

Advanced quantitative methodology:
systematic, robust and reproducible integration of spatiotemporal datasets
statistical analysis of micro-level empirical data
mapping social processes using geographic information systems (GIS)
causal inference in spatiotemporal data
Big Data approaches for social science research
(agent-based) computational modeling

Academic Honors and Fellowships

2019-2021 Fellowship of the Academy of Sciences of Baden Württemberg for outstanding junior researchers (WIN-Kolleg)

2015 American Journal of Political Science Best Article Award for “Group Segregation and Urban Violence”

2015 Nominated for ETH Dissertation Award (ETH Medal)

2015 Nominated for Swiss Network for International Studies (SNIS) Award 2015

2015 Nominated for Swiss Institute of International Studies (SIAF) Award 2015

2014 MINERVA: Aiding Resilience? The Impact of Foreign Assistance on the Dynamics of Intrastate Armed Conflict. Postdoctoral Fellowship, IHEID

2007 Full Scholarship McGill University (TU Munich exchange program)

Professional Service

Manuscripts: Nature; Physical Review Letters; Physical Review E; Palgrave Communications; Journal of the Royal Society Interface; Scientific Reports; British Journal of Political Science; Journal of Conflict Resolution; Journal of Peace Research; Research & Politics; Political Science Research and Methods; Political Geography; European Political Science Review; Terrorism and Political Violence; Peace Economics, Peace Science and Public Policy; Annals of Applied Statistics; Advances in Complex Systems; PLoS ONE; Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation
Conferences: IC2S2 2015
Grant Proposals: German Research Foundation (DFG); Minerva Research Initiative; AidData Research Consortium
Editorial Board: Palgrave Communications


European Political Science Association
Swiss Political Science Association
American Political Science Association
International Studies Association
Midwest Political Science Association
Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft