Education and Experience


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, Jacobs University Bremen, Germany (2016 – present)

Coordinator of the Methods Center, BIGSSS, Jacobs University and 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)

Other Professional Activities


Funding Bodies: German Research Foundation (DFG)

Journals: AIDS Care; European Journal of Public Health; Global Public Health; Health Care for Women International; Journal of Family Violence; Journal of Happiness Studies; The Lancet; Open Gender Journal; Psychology, Health & Medicine; Public Health; Public Health in Practice; Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology; Sociological Forum.

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: Anne Leiser (2019, Psychology), Nadine Binder (2018, Psychology), Georgi Dragolov (2018, Sociology), Constance Volkmann (2017, Psychology), Adrian Stanciu (2017, Psychology), Ge Yu (2017, Sociology)

BIGSSS, University of Bremen: Alexander Meland (2021, Political Science), Ivan Bakalov (2020, International Relations), Anna Wolkenhauer (2020, Political Science), Silvana Lakeman (2020, Political Science), Diletta Luminari (2020, Sociology), Eva Johais (2019, Political Science), Lara Minkus (2019, Sociology), Lisa Heindl (2018, History), Sarah Permulla (2017, Political Science), Thomas Lux (2017, Sociology), Anne Baumann  (2015, Sociology), Philipp Lersch (2012, Sociology)

Chair: Ethics Committee, Jacobs University Bremen, Germany (since 2021)

Chair: Ethics Committee, BIGSSS, Germany (since 2020)

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

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

Faculty Member: Ethics Committee, Jacobs University Bremen, Germany (2018-2021)

Selection Committee: Diversity Focus Area Scholarship, Jacobs University Bremen (2020)

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

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

Selection Committee: Best Paper Prize, 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)