I am a political scientist with a focus on international relations and conflict research. Between 2010 and 2018, I served 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 am currently contributing to the development of a broad interdisciplinary Bachelor, B.Sc. Global Studies, and I continue to lecture, supervise 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 2019/20, I am contributing to the following courses:

M.Sc. Public Policy & Human Development

  • Public Policy · Guest lecturer
  • Introduction to Data Science & Statistics · Guest lecturer
  • Human Rights & Development · Lecturer

M.Sc. Geography of Environmental Risks and Human Security

  • Introduction: Concepts and Theories of Risk, Vulnerability and Resilience · Guest lecturer

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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.