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"

Marufa Akter
Thematic Field A
Tel.: +49 421 218 66414

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

Research Interests
Theoretical interests:

  • International relations theories
  • Theories of power
Empirical focus:
  • EU-Russia relations
  • Russian society and culture

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

Research Interests
Social Policy
Political Sociology
Qualitative Methods
Global Social Policy
Sociological Theory
Sociology and Anthropology of Numbers and Quantification
International Organizations
Theories of World Society
Luhmannian Systems Theory
Constructivist Methodology
Discourse Analysis

Tatia Chikhladze
Thematic Field A
Tel.: +49 421 218 69587

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

Research Interests
Political Sociology
Sociocultural Anthropology
Political Philosophy
International Political Economy
Social Psychology
Applied Ethnography
European Studies
Migration Studies
Global Governance and Anti-Politics

Lisa Heindl
Thematic Field A

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
Tel.: +49 421 218 66377

Research Interests

  • Sociology of Law
  • International Courts
  • Post-Soviet States

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
Tel.: +49 421 218 66392

Research Interests

  • Climate Change and Environmental Policy
  • Migration
  • International Organisations

Gesche Lange
Thematic Field A

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

Research Interests

  • Multi-level Governance and Human Rights
  • Indirect Governance in Human Rights
  • Human Rights in the Future of AI and Automation
  • Human Rights Education in Developing Countries

Alla Leukavets
Thematic Field A
Tel.: +49 421 218 69620

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

Research Interests

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

Sergiu-Matei Lucaci
Thematic Field A
Tel.: +49 421 218 66436

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 66412

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

Linda Monsees
Thematic Field C
Tel.: +49 421 218 66447

Research Interests
My research is concerned with security practices in a technological society. More specifically, I research encryption system as a crucial technology for internet security.
While the empirical focus lies on a discourse analysis on the struggles over encryption, I am especially interested in the effects on state-citizen relations. Thus, my research combines an interest in political theory with interpretative empirical research. 


My main research focus lies in the field of International Relations, with a particular interest in:

  • Critical Security Studies
  • Political Theory
  • Networked Technologies ('Digitalisation')

Daniel Palm
Thematic Field A
Tel.: +49 421 218 66438

Claudio Pardo Enrico
Thematic Field A
Tel.: +49 421 218 66377

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

Research Interests

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

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

Research Interests

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

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

Simon Tunderman
Thematic Field A
Fellow Representative
Tel.: +49 421 218 66402

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

Stefan Wallaschek
Thematic Field A
Equal Opportunity Officer
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 66407

Florian Wittmann
Thematic Field A
Fellow Representative
Tel.: +49 421 218 66453

Research Interests
Comparative Politics
European Union Studies
Mixed Methods

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

Research Interests
Political Sociology
International Relations
Qualitative Methods
Development Studies
Social Policy/Social Protection in developing countries
Southern Africa; Zambia
Ethnography
Practice Theory
Global social policy
States in Sub-Saharan Africa

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

Jennie Auffenberg
Thematic Field B
Tel.: +49 421 218 66463

Research Interests

  • Comparative Political Economy
  • Employment Relations
  • Public Sector Marketization
  • Non-state Market Regulation

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

Christine Borowsky
Thematic Field B
Tel.: 0421 218 66385

Research Interests

  • Family and Spatial Mobility
  • Social Inequality and Gender
  • Urban Sociology
  • Quantitative Methods

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

Research Interests

  • Social Gerontology
  • Subjective Well-being
  • New Media
  • Robotics 

Christoph Burkhardt
Thematic Field B

Stephan Dochow
Thematic Field B
Fellow Representative
Tel.: +49 421 218 66417

Research Interests
Intergroup relations
Migration studies
Residential mobility and neighborhood effects
Quantitative methods
Causal inference

Ulrike Ehrlich
Thematic Field B
Tel.: +49 421 218 66434

Research Interests
Family Sociology
Sociology of Life Course
Social Inequality and Gender
Quantitative Methods

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

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

Jean-Yves Gerlitz
Thematic Field B
Tel.: +49 421 218 66416

Research Interests
Inequality
Social Stratification
Sociology of Work

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

Janne Grote
Thematic Field B

Steffen Hagemann
Thematic Field B
Tel.: +49 421 218 58568

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

Research Interests
Comparative Welfare State Research and Social Policy
Political Behaviour (Voting, Attitudes)
European Party and Electoral Systems
Mixed Methods  

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

Research Interests
Political Sociology
Deliberative Democracy
Q Methodology
Taxation
More information at http://www.maxheld.de

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
Fellow Representative
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

Markus Kiesel
Thematic Field B

Katharina Klug
Thematic Field B
Tel.: +49 421 218 66366

Research Interests
Occupational Health Psychology
Work and stress
Health Inequalities
Life course research

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

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
Tel.: +49 421 218 66393

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

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

Lara Minkus
Thematic Field B
Fellow Representative
Tel.: +49 421 218 66452

Research Interests

  • Gender
  • Sociology of Work
  • Inequality
  • Public Opinion
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Europeanization

Alina Neitzert
Thematic Field B

Research Interests
Migration
Inequality
Qualitative Research Methods

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

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
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

Fatma Rebeggiani (née Ebcinoglu)
Thematic Field B

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

  • Welfare State 
  • Social Security and informal sector workforce
  • Welfare State in post-liberalisation period in India
  • Home-based women workers in Beedi industry in India

Elena Sommer
Thematic Field B

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

Research Interests

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


Nora Waitkus
Thematic Field B
Tel.: +49 421 218 66419

Research Interests
Social Inequality
Sociology of Wealth
Social Class Analysis
Comparative Sociology
Quantitative Methods

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

Research Interests
Collective Decision Making
Deliberation
Distributive Justice

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

Kwaku Arhin-Sam
Thematic Field C
Tel.: +49 421 200 3954

Research Interests
Transnational Migration 
Integration/reintegration
Belonging and Identities
Social Networks
Development Research
Policy Analysis

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

Carolin Baur
Thematic Field C
Tel.: +49 421 200 3072

Research Interests
Ethical Behavior and Decision Making in Management
Decision Making related to Environmental Issues

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

Research Interests

  • Child and Adolescent Psychology
  • Educational Inequalities
  • Mental Health
  • Value Development and Value Differentiation
  • Personal Construct Psychotherapy
  • Mixed Methods

Nadine Binder
Thematic Field C
Tel.: +49 421 200 3962

Research Interests
Intercultural competence and communication
Intercultural learning
Intercultural training design
Intergroup relations
Cross-cultural psychology

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

Georgi Dragolov
Thematic Field C
Tel.: +49 421 200 3409

Research Interests
Social cohesion
Quality of life, well-being, life satisfaction, happiness
Social inequality and stratification

Catalina Diana Dumitru (née Enache)
Thematic Field C
Tel.: +49 421 200 3961

Research Interests
Trust, Project teams, Management and Organization

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

Lusine Grigoryan
Thematic Field C
Equal Opportunity Officer
Tel.: +49 421 200 3962

Research Interests
Social Psychology
Cross-Cultural Psychology
Intergroup Relations
Social Identity
Prejudice
Values

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
Tel.: +49 421 200 3959

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

Research Interests
Couple & Family Research
Life Course and Life Span Research
Social Theory and Social Change
Social, Differential, Developmental and Gerontopsychology
Mixed Methods
Theory of Science

Alan Law
Thematic Field C
Tel.: +49 421 200 3959

Research Interests
Developmental Psychology
Lifespan Psychology
Personality development
Wisdom
Adolescence

Anne Leiser
Thematic Field C
Tel.: +49 421 200 3961

Research Interests
Anne Leiser graduated from Jacobs University Bremen with a B.A. in Intercultural Relations and Behavior in 2012. She wrote her thesis on "Freedom and identity: Their role in the perceived experiences of former right-wing extremists."

She continued with a one-year preparatory fellowship at BIGSSS, researching on right-wing extremism and radicalization processes and working closely with EXIT Deutschland. During this time she also studied Design Thinking at the Hasso-Plattner Institute in Potsdam.

She is enrolled as a regular fellow at BIGSSS, pursuing her Ph.D. in Psychology in Field C ("Changing Lives in Changing Socio-Cultural Contexts"). Her current research is on understanding the motivations for the use of Internet and the role of political Internet memes in public discourses and social movements.

  • Internet memes and social media
  • Political participation
  • User-generated content and participatory culture
  • Intercultural communication
  • Prejudices and discrimination
  • Radicalization processes

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

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

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

Dora Simunovic
Thematic Field C
Tel.: +49 421 200 3954

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

Audris Umel
Thematic Field C
Fellow Representative
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

Sanne Van der Lugt
Thematic Field C
Tel.: +49 421 200 3954