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). I also contribute to the Social Cohesion Radar team led by Prof. Klaus Boehnke. Previously, I held positions as a German Chancellor Fellow at Universität Hamburg-Eppendorf, and conducting 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 and gender inequalities, intimate partner violence, social policy, and empirical methods.