Postdoc Fellows


Dr. Murat Ardag
Affiliated Postdoc (Constructor University)

Research Interests

Murat Ardag is a data scientist and a political psychologist. Psychometrics, psycholinguistics, cross-cultural research, and modeling subjectivity are among his research interests.

Dr. Sonja Bastin
Affiliated Postdoc (Socium)
Tel.: +49 421 218 66358

Research Interests

  • Life Course Transitions and Social Inequality
    • Family Dynamics and Expansion
    • Education to Work Transitions
  • Social Structure and Social Change

Dr. Armin Müller
Affiliated Postdoc (Constructor University)
Tel.: +49 421 200-3473

Research Interests

  • Social policy in China and East Asia
  • Healthcare system in China and East Asia
  • Technical and vocational education and training in China and East Asia
  • International and international migration, social protection of migrants

Dr. Dora Ṥimunović
Affiliated Postdoc (Constructor University)
Tel.: +49 421 200 3968

Research Interests

  • Evolutionary psychology of intergroup conflict and dynamics between minorities and majorities
  • Management of common resources in heterogeneous societies
  • Impact of religious belief and secular authority on social behaviour

Dr. Alex Veit
Affiliated Postdoc (InIIS)
Tel.: +49 421 218 67471

Research Interests

My research is at the intersection of international relations, conflict studies, and political sociology. Eastern and southern Africa, especially the Democratic Republic of Congo, are my areas of geographic specialization. In the Congo, I have conducted research on humanitarian military intervention, armed groups, and local structures of rule. More recently, I became interested in the dynamics between collective contentious action and forms of internationalized authority. My teaching and research interests also include development cooperation, sovereign debt politics, and post-conflict statebuilding.

Dr. Ruth Abramowski
Affiliated Postdoc (Socium)
Tel.: +49 421 218 58550

Research Interests

  • Gender and work
  • Sociology of families and intimate lives
  • European analysis of social structure
  • Comparative welfare state research
  • Social inequalities and well-being
  • Quantitative methods


Dr. Dennis Redeker
Affiliated Postdoc (ZeMKI)
Tel.: +49 421 218-676 37

Research Interests

  • International Relations
  • Global governance
  • Internet governance
  • Platform governance
  • AI governance
  • Digital constitutionalism
  • Transnational civil society


Dr. Francesco Laruffa
Visiting Postdoc 2021-2022 (University of Geneva)

Research Interests

  • Social Policy
  • Theories of Social Justice
  • Political Economy
  • Theories of Democracy
  • Sustainability
  • Labour/Work