Hi! I am a PhD candidate in Political Science at the Graduate School of Economic and Social Sciences affiliated with the chair of Professor Sabine Carey. I study state repression in authoritarian regimes and post-conflict contexts. I’m particularly interested in the empirical study of human rights violations. In my doctoral dissertation, I conduct an empirical and conceptual study of political imprisonment. My research has been published among others in Journal of Peace Research, International Interactions, and German Politics.

In the publication (Spoilers of peace: Pro-government militias as risk factors for conflict recurrence), we show that conflicts where pro-government militias are deployed as counterinsurgents are more likely to recur. We argue that militiamen develop incentives to spoil post-conflict peace since they are usually absent in peace negotiations between rebels and governments. Further, disarmament and reintegration programs tend to exclude pro-government militias. Drawing on statistical simulations, propensity score matching, and logistic regression models, we find empirical support for our claims.

In my publication (“Trial fairness before impact: Tracing the link between post-conflict trials and peace stability”), I investigate the impact of post-conflict trials on peace stability in post-conflict countries. I contend that empirical effects of post-conflict trials are contingent upon the partiality of the proceedings. I conduct an expert survey evaluating all major post-conflict trials between 1946 and 2005. The findings reveal that most trials were partisan while few represented genuine instances of accountability-seeking. A quantitative analysis with coarsened exact matched survival models demonstrates that partisan trials stabilize negative peace, but result in coercive authoritarianism.