Regular & Affiliated Fellows

BIGSSS hosts more than 110 international fellows in its Regular and Affiliated PhD Program. Please find below their research profiles, publications and contact information.

BIGSSS PhD fellows of Thematic Field A

BIGSSS PhD fellows of Thematic Field B

BIGSSS PhD fellows of Thematic Field C

Visiting PhD fellows

Fellows

Thematic Field A "Global Governance and Regional Integration"

Ivan Bakalov
Thematic Field A
Fellow Representative
Tel.: +49 421 218 66411

Research Interests

Theoretical interests:

  • Theories of international relations
  • Theories of power

Empirical focus:

  • Foreign policy in Eastern Europe
  • Russian foreign policy

Research methods:

  • Case study research, process tracing

John Anton Berten
Thematic Field A
Tel.: +49 421 218 66422

Research Interests
(Global) Social Policy
(International) Political Sociology
Sociology of Numbers and Quantification
Science & Technology Studies
Theories of World Society
Luhmannian Systems Theory
Constructivist Methodology
Discourse Analysis (esp. Foucault)

Fabian Besche
Thematic Field A
Tel.: +49 421 218-57066

Research Interests
Education Policy, Social Network Analysis, Finance

Anne-Katrin Broocks
Thematic Field A
Tel.: +49 (0)421 23800 172

Research Interests

Discourses

Knowledge Creation

Ethnography

Natural Resources 

 

Adrien Donneaud
Thematic Field A
Tel.: +49 421 218 66405

Research Interests

Political Sociology

Sociocultural Anthropology

Existential Philosophy

Humanistic Psychology

International Political Economy

Netnography and multi-sited ethnography

Thematic and qualitative content analysis

European Studies

Cultural Studies

Global Studies

Neo-Nomadism, Existential and Lifestyle Migration, Post-Identitarian Mobility

Transnational Populism, Neo-Nationalism, Cosmopolitism, Contemporary Tribalism

Global Governance, Macro-Regionalism, Anti-Politics

Eva Johais
Thematic Field A
Tel.: +49 421 218 66401

Research Interests

Electoral assistance
Global political ethnography
Interpretive policy analysis
Intervention research
Practice theory
Statebuilding and state-formation

Yulia Khalikova
Thematic Field A
Fellow Representative
Tel.: +49 421 218 66377

Research Interests
human rights, judicial politics, european law, post-Soviet states, socio-legal studies, constitutional politics

Janosch Neil Kullenberg
Thematic Field A
Tel.: +49 421 218 66387

Research Interests
Global governance and international organisations
Political Sociology
Armed conflict & Forced migration
Peacekeeping, humanitarianism, development aid, particulary in regards to the 'Protection of Civilians'
Qualitative methods/ Ethnography
Geographic focus: Central and East Africa

Silvana Lakeman
Thematic Field A
Equal Opportunity Officer
Tel.: +49 421 218 66392

Research Interests

  • Climate Change and Environmental Policy
  • Migration
  • International Organisations

Thuy Dung Le
Thematic Field A
Fellow Representative
Tel.: +49 421 218 66403

Research Interests

I conduct research on Global Regulatory Governance, focusing on the intermediary actors operating in transnational and state regulation process of labor standards. I am particularly interested in studying the strategic behaviours employed by the stake-holding actors, including work on governance tactics, legislative instruments, and the role that constitutional characteristics and contemporary industrial relations play in shaping these strategies.

My ongoing project looks at relations among key actors (e.g. Ministry of Labor, the tripartite representatives and International Labor Organisation (ILO), international organisations (IOs), ad-hoc initiatives, international and national non-governmental organisations (INGOs & NGOs), and contemporary social movements…). I further investigate how the network of these actors shapes their strategic intervention towards the promotion of labor standards in specific institutional settings.

Tom Lindemann
Thematic Field A
Tel.: +49 421 218 66407

Research Interests

  • Theories of international relations
  • International organizations and institutions
  • International Political Economy

Alexander Jacob Meland
Thematic Field A
Tel.: +49 421 218 66404

Research Interests

  • Multistakeholderism
  • Network Governance
  • Transnational Relations
  • Depoliticization & Anti-politics
  • Global Political Economy
  • Complex Adaptive Systems
  • Post-structuralism
  • Constructivism
  • Critical Realism
  • Social Psychology
  • Political Sociology
  • Agent-based Modeling
  • Social Network Analysis
  • Quantum Decision Theory
  • Discourse Network Analysis

Hawa Noor Mohammed
Thematic Field A
Tel.: +49 421 218 66438

Research Interests
International relations theories, Theories of social movements and armed conflict, Religion and politics in the muslim world,  Gender politics, International organizations. 
(Qualitative methods/Ethnography)

Dennis Redeker
Thematic Field A
Tel.: +49 421 218 66454

Research Interests

  • Internet Governance
  • Transnational Relations
  • Digital Constitutionalism
  • Multistakeholderism
  • Social Media Platforms
  • Social Media Data Use
  • Digital Culture Safeguarding

Jonathan Rosa
Thematic Field A
Equal Opportunity Officer
Tel.: +49 421 218 66441

Research Interests

  • Foreign Policy Analysis
  • Global Governance
  • Emerging Powers
  • Environmental Politics
  • Climate Change Regime
  • Role theory

Angelika Wiebke Schenk
Thematic Field A
Tel.: +49 421 218 67488

Helen Arlen Seitzer
Thematic Field A
Tel.: +49 421 218-57065 

Simon Tunderman
Thematic Field A
Tel.: +49 421 218 66447

Research Interests
Post-structuralist political theory
Critical political economy
Contemporary populism

Stefan Wallaschek
Thematic Field A
Tel.: +49 421 218 66421

Research Interests

  • Theories of Solidarity
  • Political Communication
  • European Politics
  • Migration and Refugee Studies
  • Discourse Network Analysis
  • Contemporary Political Theory

Larissa Weimer Swader
Thematic Field A
Tel.: +49 421 218 66438

Research Interests

  • Emerging powers
  • Chinese entrepreneur networks
  • New Silk Road
  • Social network analysis; qualitative interviews

Anna Wolkenhauer
Thematic Field A
Tel.: +49 421 218 66413

Research Interests
Political Sociology
Qualitative Methods; esp. GTM
Development Studies
Social Policy and Social Protection in developing countries
Southern Africa; Zambia
Ethnography
Practice Theory
Global social policy
Statehood in post-colonial Africa

Kaitlin Alper
Thematic Field B
Visiting PhD Fellow from UNC at Chapel Hill

Thematic Field B "Welfare State, Inequality and Quality of Life"

Regina Becker
Thematic Field B
Tel.: +49 421 218 58514

Research Interests

  • intra-EU migration
  • migration and career mobility
  • occupational experiences of high-skilled migrants
  • European sociology
  • political participation and protest

Dafna Burema
Thematic Field B
Tel.: +49 421 218 66398

Research Interests

  • Human-Robot Interaction (HRI)
  • Social Gerontology
  • Social Robots
  • Science and Technology Studies (STS)

Martin Cortina Escudero
Thematic Field B
Tel.: +49 421 218 57086

Research Interests

Comparative Welfare Studies

Social Policy in Latin America

Gabriela De Carvalho
Thematic Field B
Tel.:  +49 421 218-57078 

Ertila Druga
Thematic Field B
Tel.: +49 421 218 57083

Research Interests
Healthcare Systems in Central and Eastern European Countries (CEECs)
The Welfare State in Central and Eastern European Countries (CEECs)
International Organizations especially the World Bank and IMF
Health Financing Policies and Politics

Anna Fejös
Thematic Field B
Tel.: +49 421 218 66395

Johanna Fischer
Thematic Field B
Tel.: +49 421 218-57074

Research Interests
Social Policy and Politics
Comparative Welfare Studies
Long-Term Care
Public Long-Term Care Systems
Typologies

Timm Fulge
Thematic Field B
Tel.: +49 421 218 67470

Jean-Yves Gerlitz
Thematic Field B
Fellow Representative
Tel.: +49 421 218 57088

Research Interests
Inequality
Social Stratification
Sociology of Work

Björn Gernig
Thematic Field B
Tel.: +49 421 218 66383

Jenny Hahs
Thematic Field B
Equal Opportunity Officer
Tel.:  +49 421 218 57069

Research Interests

  • Distribution and diffusion of national and global patterns of labour law
  • (International) Organisations, their actors and power
  • mixed-methods research
  • workers representation, especially works councils

Eloisa Harris
Thematic Field B
Equal Opportunity Officer
Tel.: +49 421 218 66386

Research Interests
Comparative Welfare State Research 
Party Competition
The Political Economy of Immigration
Mixed Methods

Maximillian Held
Thematic Field B
Tel.: +49 421 218 66406

Research Interests
Political Sociology
Deliberative Democracy
Q Methodology
Taxation
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Jakob Henninger
Thematic Field B
Tel.: +49 421 218-57077 

Anders Martin Paul Hentschel
Thematic Field B
Tel.: +49 421 218 66444

Nepomuk Hurch
Thematic Field B
Tel.: +49 421 218 66420

Gulnaz Isabekova
Thematic Field B
Tel.: +49 421 218 69587

Andreas Katsikidis
Thematic Field B
Tel.: +49 421 218 66445

Research Interests

  • Institutional Economics
  • Economic Sociology
  • Income Inequality
  • Relative Deprivation
  • Trust

Laura Kollmann
Thematic Field B
Fellow Representative
Tel.: +49 421 218 66458

Research Interests

Organizational Sociology

Social Theory

Welfare State and Labour Market

Qualitative Methods

Maike Marleen Koschorreck
Thematic Field B
Tel.: +49 421 218 66460

Research Interests

  • Migration Studies
  • Education
  • Social Inequality
  • Institutional Discrimination
  • Intersectionality
  • Qualitative Research Methods (Ethnography, Grounded Theory, Discourse Analysis)

Diletta Luminari
Thematic Field B
Fellow Representative
Tel.: +49 421 218 66393

Research Interests
- Reproductive Regimes, Rights and Citizenship
- Gender Relations
- Migration Studies

Ante Malinar
Thematic Field B

Franziska Matthes
Thematic Field B
Tel.: +49 421 218 66396

Research Interests
Education
Inequality

Dragan Mihajlovic
Thematic Field B
Tel.: +49 421 218 66384

Research Interests
Political Sociology
Education

Kristin Noack
Thematic Field B
Tel.: +49 421 218-58604

Research Interests

  • Long-Term Care Policy
  • Gender and Social Policy
  • Labour Market and Training Policy
  • Qualitative Research

Matthias Pohlig
Thematic Field B
Tel.: +49 421 218 66388

Research Interests
Welfare State Research
Sociology of Life Course
Social Stratification
Individual Actors and 'Agency'
Labour Markets, Unemployment and Mobility
Sequence analysis
Research Ethics

Alexander Polte
Thematic Field B
Tel.: +49 421 218-57063

Priyadarshani Premarathne
Thematic Field B
Tel.: +49 421 218 66397

Research Interests
Gender and Social Inequaltiy 
Sociology of work and employment
Work life balance and quality of life

Arline Rave
Thematic Field B
Fellow Representative
Tel.: +49 421 218 66425

Research Interests
Social health inequality, Mechanisms and Determinants of Social Health Inequalities, Health Inequality Measurement, Health Care Systems and Politics, systematic review and meta-analysis

Marlene Seiffarth
Thematic Field B
Tel.: +49 421 218-58600 

Gizem Irmak Sel
Thematic Field B
Tel.: +49 421 218 66384

Research Interests

  • Sociology of the Family
  • Intersectionality
  • Elderly-Care Arrangements
  • Gender and Social Policy
  • Feminist Methodology
  • Life Course Research

Priya Singh
Thematic Field B
Tel.: +49 421 218 66433

Research Interests

  • Informal sector labour
  • Welfare State, Social Protection
  • Gender and the informal employment
  • Welfare State for the informal sector labour

Keonhi Son
Thematic Field B
Tel.: +49 421 218-58541 

Greta-Marleen Storath
Thematic Field B
Tel.: +49 421 218-57068

Liva Stupele
Thematic Field B
Tel.: +49 421 218-57082

Research Interests

  •          Healthcare Systems in East-central Europe
  •          Quality of health care
  •          Patient safety
  •          Patient rights

Rena Tecklenburg
Thematic Field B
Tel.: +49 421 218 66462

Research Interests
Sociology of the Family
Intergenerational Value Transmission
Qualitative Research Methods

Simone Tonelli
Thematic Field B
Fellow Representative
Tel.: +49 421 218-58540 

Research Interests
Comparative Political Economy
Comparative Welfare Sate Research
Comparative Politics
Quantitative Methods for the Social Science

Daria Ukhova
Thematic Field B
Tel.: +49 421 218 66399

Research Interests

Gender division of labour
Social class
Family Sociology
Income inequality
Post-socialism


Patricia Zauchner
Thematic Field B
Tel.: +49 421 218 58578

Research Interests
Collective Decision Making
Deliberation
Distributive Justice

Kaitlin Alper
Thematic Field B
Visiting PhD Fellow from UNC at Chapel Hill

Thematic Field C "Changing Lives in Changing Socio-Cultural Contexts"

Zaklina Aguilar
Thematic Field C
Tel.: +49 421 200 3961

Research Interests
- Return to Work
- Immigration Studies
- Retirement Systems
- Public Health
- Social Capital
- Development Studies

Nazan Avci
Thematic Field C
Tel.: +49 421 200 3954

Jelisaveta Belić
Thematic Field C
Fellow Representative
Tel.: +49 421 200 3962

Research Interests
Coming from Serbia, my interests focus mainly around societal outliers—Roma children and families, LGBTIQ adolescents, and gifted underachieving pupils. I am currently working on a project investigating the interplay of individuals' personal values and values they are exposed to while interacting with their immediate social groups, and its effects on subjective well-being.

  • Child and Adolescent Psychology
  • Educational Psychology
  • Mental Health
  • Values
  • Personal Construct Psychotherapy
  • Mixed Methods

Mark Burdick
Thematic Field C
Tel.: +49 421 200 3959

Research Interests
Digital Social Science, Internet Research, Study of Worldviews, Social Network Analysis, Semantic Analysis, Sentiment Analysis, Media Studies, Narrative Analysis, Experimental Philosophy, Moral Psychology, Ethics

Leslie Gauditz
Thematic Field C
Tel.: +49 421 218 58577

Research Interests
Political Sociology
Social Networks
Refugees
Social movements

Cristina Greculescu
Thematic Field C
Tel.: +49 421 200 3953

Research Interests
Noncognitive skills (particularly grit and self-control)
Positive psychological approach to personality
Educational inequalities

Malgorzata Jakubowska
Thematic Field C
Tel.: +49 421 200 3966

Research Interests
Psychology of emotions
Psychology of religion
Anti-atheism
Gamification in education & daily life tasks
Philosophy of science

Alyona Khaptsova
Thematic Field C
Equal Opportunity Officer
Tel.: +49 421 200 3959

Markus Klingel
Thematic Field C
Tel.: +49 421 200 3966

Research Interests
Couple & Family Research
Life Course and Life Span Research
Social Change (Late/Postmodernity & Individualization)
Social, Personality, Developmental and Gerontopsychology
Mixed Methods & Theory of Science

Ekaterina Lytkina
Thematic Field C
Tel.: +49 421 200 3961

Research Interests
Methods of Social Research
Sociological Theory
Questionnaire Design
Cognitive Interviews
Comparative Social Research
Social Norms
Anomie

Alexandra Mittelstaedt
Thematic Field C
Tel.: +49 421 200 3072

Research Interests
social media, integration, ethnic groups, interpersonal communication, digital society

Rocco Paolillo
Thematic Field C
Tel.: +49 421 200 3953

Research Interests

  • Social Complexity
  • Agent-based modelling
  • Immigrant Integration

Olga Poluektova
Thematic Field C
Tel.: +49 421 200 3954

Vladimir Ponizovskiy
Thematic Field C
Fellow Representative
Tel.: +49 421 200 3959

Ajita Srivastava
Thematic Field C
Tel.: +49 421 200 3961

Audris Umel
Thematic Field C
Tel.: +49 421 200 3966

Research Interests

Topics:
Social issues (e.g. migration, minorities and marginalization, peace and conflict)
Political and media discourse
Internet and new media 


Approaches:
Theories of social representations, positioning, and discourse
Mixed methods
Qualitative methodology
Digital ethnography and other internet research methods

Visiting PhD Fellows

Kaitlin Alper
Thematic Field B
Visiting PhD Fellow from UNC at Chapel Hill