Education and Experience

Education

PhD in Sociology, Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS), University of Bremen and Jacobs University, Germany (2015)

Dissertation title: Health inequities related to intimate partner violence against women: The role of social policy in the US, Germany, and Norway

Supervisors: Heinz Rothgang, Karin Gottschall, Petra Brzank

Master of Public Health, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, New York City, USA (2004)

Concentration: Population and Family Health

Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, Seattle Pacific University, Seattle, USA (1999)

Majors: Sociology and Psychology Minor: Women’s Studies

Professional Experience

University Lecturer for Methods of Empirical Social Research & BIGSSS Methods Center Coordinator, Jacobs University Bremen, Germany (2016 – present)

Postdoctoral Researcher, Social Cohesion Radar research team under Prof. Klaus Boehnke, Jacobs University Bremen, Germany (2015 – 2016)

Affiliated Postdoctoral Fellow, BIGSSS, University of Bremen and Jacobs University, Germany (2015 – 2016)

Doctoral Fellow, BIGSSS, University of Bremen and Jacobs University, Germany (2010 – 2015)

Visiting Doctoral Fellow, Norwegian Social Research Institute (NOVA), Oslo, Norway (2013)

Guest Researcher, German Chancellor Fellow, Institute for Legal Medicine, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Hamburg, Germany (2008 – 2010)

Research and Evaluation Associate, Safe Horizon, New York City, USA (2004 – 2008)

Research Assistant, Averting Maternal Death & Disability Program, Columbia University, New York City, USA (2003 – 2004)

Training Curriculum Intern, Gay Men’s Health Crisis, New York City, USA (2004)

Study Coordinator, American Refugee Committee International, Port Loko, Sierra Leone (2003)

Child Support Assistant, The AIDS Support Organisation, Kampala, Uganda (1999 – 2000)

Teaching Experience

Survey Methodologies. Graduate seminar: BIGSSS Preparatory Forum, Jacobs University Bremen, Germany (Fall 2017)

Empirical Research Methodology. Undergraduate lecture: Jacobs University Bremen, Germany (Fall 2017)

Academic and Professional Skills. Undergraduate lecture: Jacobs University Bremen, Germany (Fall 2017)

Measuring Cohesion in Various Contexts. Graduate seminar: SIPRI and University of Central Asia Summer School: “Social Cohesion: Concept, Implementations and Impact Evaluation”, Issyk-Kul, Kyrgyzstan (Summer 2017)

Concept, Definitions, Determinants and Outcomes of Social Cohesion. Graduate seminar: SIPRI and University of Central Asia Summer School: “Social Cohesion: Concept, Implementations and Impact Evaluation”, Issyk-Kul, Kyrgyzstan (Summer 2017)

Methodologies in the Social Sciences. Graduate seminar: BIGSSS Preparatory Forum, Jacobs University Bremen, Germany (Spring 2017)

Survey and Questionnaire Design. Undergraduate lecture: Jacobs University Bremen, Germany (Spring 2017)

Statistics for Experimental Sciences. Undergraduate lecture and lab: Jacobs University Bremen, Germany (Spring 2017)

Academic and Professional Skills: Introduction to Writing a Paper. Undergraduate lecture: Jacobs University Bremen, Germany (Fall 2011)

Data Analysis Using EpiInfo Software. Graduate seminar: Program on Forced Migration, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, New York City, USA (Spring 2004, 2005)

Experience as Trainer

Telephone Interviewing. One-day workshops to train interviewers for a longitudinal study on intimate partner stalking: Safe Horizon, New York City (2007 – 2008)

Training-of-Trainers: One-day workshop to train trainers on microbicides as an AIDS prevention method: Gay Men’s Health Crisis, New York City (April 2004)

Face-to-Face Interviewing: One-day workshop to train interviewers for an AIDS prevention study: American Refugee Committee International, Masaka, Sierra Leone (July 2003)

Face-to-Face Interviewing: Two-day workshop to train interviewers for an AIDS prevention study: American Refugee Committee International, Port Loko, Sierra Leone (May 2003)

Other Professional Activities

Reviewer

Funding Bodies: German Research Foundation (DFG)

Journals: Global Public Health; Public Health; Psychology, Health & Medicine; AIDS Care; The Lancet

Publishing Houses: Springer International Publishing AG

Conferences: American Public Health Association’s Annual Meeting (Student Assembly; Population, Reproductive, and Sexual Health Section; Family Violence Prevention Caucus)

Ph.D. Examiner

BIGSSS, Jacobs University Bremen: Adrian Stanciu (2017, “On the cognitive adaptation of migrants”), Ge Yu (2017, “Employment of older workers in China”)

BIGSSS, University of Bremen: Sarah Permulla (2017, “Institutional design and change in global environmental governance”), Thomas Lux (2017, “Dissecting later life employment”), Anne Baumann  (2015, “Immigrant pathways”), Philipp Lersch (2012, “Outcomes of residential relocations over the life course”)

Hiring Committee: Postdoctoral Fellow to the Methods Center, BIGSSS, Jacobs University Bremen, Germany (2017)

Representative of the Academic Council: Methods Center, BIGSSS, University of Bremen and Jacobs University Bremen, Germany (since 2016)

Faculty Representative: Diversity Focus Area, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee, Jacobs University Bremen, Germany (since 2016)

Invited Expert, Consultation Meeting on the 2016 Human Development Report, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), UN Istanbul Regional Hub, Istanbul, Turkey (2016)

Best Paper Prize Selection Committee, BIGSSS, University of Bremen, Germany (2015)

BIGSSS Delegation Member, DFG Hearing for Excellence Initiative Funding, Bonn, Germany (2012)

Hiring Committee: Field Three Fellows, BIGSSS, University of Bremen, Germany (2011)

Research Advisory Committee, NYC Alliance Against Sexual Assault, New York City, USA (2007 – 2008)

Co-Founder and Co-Chair, Public Health Students for Reproductive Freedom, Columbia University, New York City, USA (2003 – 2004)

Vice-President, Seattle Pacific University Chapter, Psi Chi National Honor Society, Seattle, USA (1998 – 1999)