During the summer term 2021, I hold the Marsilius-Vertretungsprofessur für Humangeographie Nordamerikas und Stadtgeographie (interim professorship on human geography of North America and urban geography) at the University of Heidelberg, Germany. I am also associated member at the Department of Geography at Osnabrück University, Germany. My research focusses on international migration and urban developments and, more broadly, on the interrelation of materiality and sociality in postmodern societies. I habilitated at the Department of Geography, University of Bremen, Germany, in 2019 (venia legendi “Humangeographie”) and obtained my PhD at Bielefeld University, Germany, in 2013. In 2017, I was a Visiting Academic at the Department of Geography at Durham University, UK. My most recent book is Migration, Materialität und Identität (Steiner 2020), a monograph on international migrants’ ways of living at and between places.


Winter term 2020/2021 Deputy Head of the Working Group Human Geography, University of Heidelberg, Germany CV
since 2020 Member of the Research Network “Visualising Qualitative Geographies”, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG)
since 2019 Senior Researcher, Osnabrück University, Germany
2013-2019 Senior Researcher, Department of Geography, University of Bremen, Germany
2-4/2017 Visiting Academic, Department of Geography, Durham University, UK
2013 PhD, Bielefeld University, Germany (summa cum laude)  
2012-2013 Junior Researcher, Research Group “Urban Metamorphoses”, HafenCity University Hamburg, Germany  
2012-2013 Fellow of the residency program Scholars in Residence, Goethe-Institut with Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI), Germany & Egypt  
2010-2012 Scholarship Holder, Bielefeld Graduate School in History and Sociology (BGHS), Bielefeld University, Germany  
2007-2010 Research Assistant, Center of Excellence 16 “Cultural Foundations of Integration”, University of Konstanz, Germany  
2000-2007 Undergraduate and Graduate Studies in sociology, philosophy, linguistics and German literature, University of Konstanz, Germany, and University of Växjö, Sweden  
2000-2007 Scholarship Holder, German Protestant church’s scholarship programme for gifted students (Ev. Studienwerk e.V. Villigst)