I am a political scientist with a focus on international relations and conflict research. I serve as academic program director for the M.Sc. program in Public Policy and Human Development offered jointly by Maastricht University and United Nations University. I also lecture, supervise research projects and provide academic advice for bachelor, master and doctoral students at several institutes at Maastricht University.


My most recent journal publication is Choosing to Intervene: US Domestic Politics and Moral Imperatives with Roberta Haar, published in Peace Economics, Peace Science and Public Policy, 21 (4), 497–505, December 2015.

My most recent working paper is “Tilting at windmills or whipping up a storm? Elites and ethno‐nationalist conflict during democratisation”, published in the UNU-MERIT Working Paper Series, November 2016.

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In the academic year 2017/18, I will contribute to the following courses:

M.Sc. Public Policy & Human Development

  • Public Policy · Course coordinator (stand-in), lecturer
  • Introduction to Data Science & Statistics · Guest lecturer
  • Human Rights & Development · Lecturer

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Click here to read about my education and work experience, including degrees and courses.


I do not maintain a personal blog, but have contributed to blogs numerous times. A selected subset of posts is reproduced in the commentary section.