I am a social anthropologist with special interests in migration and social (state) regimes and the precarization of life and labour in urban spaces. I like to explore the intersections of academic, activist, and artistic practices.
Currently, I am a research associate at the Institute for European Ethnology and Cultural Analysis at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München. As part of the Emmy Noether Programme (DFG), I will launch my research project „Contestations of the ‚Social‘ – Towards a movement-based ethnographic social (state) regime analysis“ with a junior research group in autumn this year.
From October 2020 to September 2021, I was a guest professor for gender, migration and globalization at the Institute of Social Sciences at the University of Augsburg.
From October 2019 to March 2020, I held an interim professorship at the Center for Flight and Migration at the University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt. I taught in the new Master’s program “Flight, Migration, Society”.
Between May and August, 2019, I was a fellow at the Thomas Mann House in Los Angeles, USA.
I hold a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Göttingen (summa cum laude) and a Master of Anthropological Research from the University of Manchester.
I have published the single-authored monography Arbeit! Wohnen! Auseinandersetzungen um EU-Migration (Housing! Labour! Urban Contestations of EU-Migration), the co-authored monography Solidarität – Kooperation – Konflikt. Migrantische Organisierungen und Gewerkschaften in den 1970/80er Jahren (Solidarity – Cooperation – Conflict. Migrant Organizing and Trade Unions in the 1970/80s) together with Anne Lisa Carstensen, Sabine Hess and Helen Schwenken and several articles.
My book ‚Arbeit! Wohnen!‘ has been reviewed in Bayerisches Jahrbuch für Volkskunde (Jens Adam, open access), in suburban (Jenny Künkel) and in Zeitschrift für Volkskunde (Lara Gruhn, paywall) – many thanks to the reviewers!
I am an active founding member of the networks Europe in Movement, kritnet (Network for Critical Migration and Border Regime Studies), and the Initiative Zivilcourage in Munich.
I am also part of the editorial collective of the open-access online journal movements, the board of the Komitee für Grundrechte and Demokratie (a longstanding civil rights organization in Germany) and the Council of Migration (Rat für Migration).
Between 2017-2019, I was a research fellow in the research project Representation – Cooperation – Conflict. The relation of migrant organisations and trade unions in Hamburg, Offenbach, and Stuttgart (1970s/80s) at the University of Göttingen.
In 2018, I conducted a study on the requirements of homeless EU migrants for the city of Frankfurt with Marie-Therese Haj Ahmad (née Reichenbach) (PDF).
Additionally, I work as a self-employed researcher and lecturer in the fields of EU migration, racism, precarious labour, and critical knowledge production.