Summer term 2018

I am available to supervise bachelors’ and masters’ theses in the broad area of my research and teaching activity.

European Security and Defence Policy

Graduate seminar, Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg

This course will familiarise students with the European Union’s activity in the realm of security and defence, and its Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP), policy in particular. Security and defence questions have, for a long time, remained an exclusive remit of the EU’s member states. However, since the inception of the CSDP in 1999 the EU has gradually gained competencies in its own right. With CSDP devised as a means to provide the EU with an independent capacity to react to international crises, it has now established the organization as an actor in peacekeeping operations across the globe. Through a detailed discussion of the policy’s creation, its functioning and specific operations, students will gain an in-depth understanding of the policy and its likely trajectory.

Trump, Brexit and Maduro: Populist challenges to the established economic order

Undergraduate seminar, Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg

This course will familiarise students with the challenge of populist politicians to how democracies organize their domestic and international economic relations. We will attempt to understand whether the way in which populists want to reorganize our societies and the way in which they interact economically forms a coherent challenge to mainstream political wisdom. Furthermore, are challenges to this order from the left of the political spectrum compatible with those suggested by the political right?

To grasp the different dimensions of populism and populist economic thinking we will first discuss the fundamentals of established economic relations within and between liberal market-based economies and attempt to find definitions for key terms such as populism, inequality or trade. We will then move on to examine different populist suggestions on how to reorganize economic relations and why they may appeal to specific groups of voters.


Winter term 20172018

The Politics of Brexit

Graduate seminar, Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg

The aim of this research seminar is to introduce students to the complex issue of the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union. It will offer an overview over a wide range of theoretical and academic approaches to the subject, including current analysis of the negotiation process between the UK and the EU.

International Organisations in Europe

Undergraduate seminar, Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg

This seminar will introduce students to the complex set of international organisations that play an active role in creating an institutional order for the European continent. Specifically, it aims to introduce and analyse institutional actors outside of the framework of European Union (EU) integration. While the seminar will follow a largely comparative approach, its aim is also to analyse linkages to EU integration and thereby outline the patterns of a complex network of European governance. To facilitate a structured analysis the seminar will thus make use of International Relations theories to conceptualize the emergence, shape and role of institutional actors such as NATO, the Council of Europe or the OSCE.

The Politics of Brexit

Undergraduate lecture course, Sciences Po Paris

The aim of this course is to introduce students to the complex issue of the United Kingdom’s recent decision to leave the European Union, colloquially known as Brexit. It will approach the topic from a wide range of perspectives. These include elements such as the history of the UK’s ties to the European Union, a discussion of the country’s political system, or the political stakes in policy areas such as international trade or migration policy. By the end of the course students will not only have broadened their knowledge on the issue of Brexit itself, but will also have gained an understanding of its links to other current issues in domestic and international politics.

Past Teaching


Vienna School of International Studies

Security, Defence and the European Union

  • Graduate seminar

Master thesis colloquium and supervision

  • Theses submitted in the domains of Political Sciences and International Relations

Qualitative research methods

  • Graduate methods surgery

Civil servant executive trainings on EU and international politics

  • Short seminars on EU politics, Brexit and other issues in international politics for Austrian anf foreign civil servants

20152016 and previous

London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

What kind of Europe? Crisis, Reform and the International Role of the European Union

  • Summer school course
  • 2015, 2016
  • Seminar teaching, syllabus modernisation, student support and marking

Government, Politics and Public Policy in the European Union

  • 2nd/3rd year undergraduate course
  • 2014-2016
  • Seminar teaching, student support and marking

International Political Economy

  • 2nd year undergraduate course
  • 2015-2016
  • Seminar teaching, student support and marking

Europe’s Institutional Order

  • 3rd year undergraduate course
  • 2013-2015
  • Seminar teaching, student support and marking

Politics and Institutions in Europe

  • 2nd year undergraduate course
  • 2013-2014
  • Seminar teaching, student support and marking