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.