Ph.D., Free University of Berlin, Germany (2001)
Political Science, Doctoral Thesis:
„Die Arbeit von Amnesty International zur DDR 1961-1989"
(The Impact of Amnesty International on Human Rights in the GDR, 1961-1989)

M.A., University of Mannheim, Germany (1997)
Master in Political Science and Philosophy; Specified in International Relations,
Human Rights and Democratization

Universidad de Salamanca, Spain (1992)
Faculty of Philosophy

Universidad Complutense Madrid, Spain (1990)
Faculty of Contemporary & Fine Arts





Nominated Member
Excellence Initiative for German Academics

EU COST Action 11011 Climate Change and Migration

2012-2016 Knowledge, Law, Policy and Theory
Member of the Management Board


ORA-NWO/ESCR/DFG Research Grant 2013-2016
"Impact of Transitional Justice on Democratic Institution Building"
Utrecht University, The Netherlands

Focus & Massa Research Grant
2011, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands
Transitional Justice, Memory, Human Rights Awareness and Democracy

Utrecht-Asia-Seminar Program Grant
2010,- 2012, Beijing, China
Joint Seminars and workshops with CUPL and CASS, Beijing, China.

Hanse Wissenschaftskolleg (HWK), Institute of Advanced Studies
2009, Delmenhorst, Germany.
Fellow with the focus and research and book project on "Reconciliation and Democratization in Europe".

Volkswagen Stiftung Tandem Research Grant
 2003 – 2006, Magdeburg & Berlin, Germany
Research Director, “Human Rights Education and Minorities in Europe” (together with C. Mahler and R. Toivanen), University of Magdeburg and Humboldt University Berlin

Stiftung Aufarbeitung der SED-Diktatur Grant
2001, Berlin, Germany
Constructing and organizing an exhibit and publication on Human Rights, “Amnesty International in the GDR”.