Teaching

I’ve been teaching political science at undergraduate and graduate level since 2004, particularly courses in International Relations, Comparative Politics, qualitative Research Methods as well as Peace and Conflict Research. Courses I have taught include:

  • Introduction to International Relations
  • Peace and Conflict
  • Development and Regional Integration in Africa and the South Pacific
  • Conflict, Governance and Human Security
  • Causes and Dynamics of Violent Conflict
  • Qualitative Methods and Research Design
  • Democracy and Peace
  • Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation
  • The United Nations
  • Development Theory and Development Policy

I prefer to use active learning approaches as much as possible to give students opportunities to learn practical action-oriented competences. I have particular expertise using the inverted classroom method since 2014 and received a Fellowship for Innovations in Higher Education for its implementation. I use the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning to research the impact of my teaching methods and have documented results in a variety of publications, many of which have been published in peer reviewed journals. I am also well-versed in the use of simulations and research-oriented learning in my seminars.

From 2015 to 2020, I was the founder and co-speaker of the Teaching and Learning Working Group of the German Association for Political Science and spearheaded a range of events and initiatives aimed at improving political science teaching in higher education. Since 2018, I am one of the editors of the “Kleine Reihe Hochschuldidaktik Politik” which is published by the Wochenschau-Verlag.

I also have extensive experience in administering degree programs and curriculum development. Between 2013 and 2018 I was the coordinator and chair of the examinations committee of the M.A. International Relations and Development Policy at the University of Duisburg-Essen. As part of this task, I also coordinated the joint alumni study of seven German and Austrian M.A. degree programs in Peace and Conflict Research.

I have supervised more than 110 Bachelor’s and Master’s theses and am currently advising multiple Ph.D. candidates. If you are looking for a supervisor as part of your degree program at the Universities of Duisburg-Essen or Frankfurt, please send me an email.