I am a social anthropologist with special interests in social (state) regimes, racism and the precarization of (migrantized, feminized) life and labour in urban spaces. I like to explore the intersections of academic, activist, and artistic practices.
Currently, I am leading the Emmy Noether junior research group „Contestations of the ‚Social‘ – Towards a movement-based ethnographic social (state) regime analysis“ at the Institute for European Ethnology and Cultural Analysis at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München.
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, a Needs Assesment of Homeless EU Migrants with Focus on the Situation of Romn*ja in Frankfurt (Main), and several articles.
My book ‚Arbeit! Wohnen!‘ has been reviewed in Bayerisches Jahrbuch für Volkskunde (Jens Adam, open access), among others.
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).