Currently I am a University Lecturer for Methods of Empirical Social Research at Jacobs University Bremen and the Coordinator of the Methods Center for the Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS). Previously, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Social Cohesion Radar team led by Prof. Klaus Boehnke, a German Chancellor Fellow at Universität Hamburg-Eppendorf, and conducted research and evaluation for a large victim assistance organization in New York City. I hold a Bachelor degree in Sociology and Psychology from Seattle Pacific University, a Master of Public Health degree from Columbia University, and a PhD in Sociology from BIGSSS. My research interests include social cohesion, health inequalities, gender inequalities, intimate partner violence, social policy, and empirical methods.

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