Research interests

  • Critical security and military studies
  • Feminist and postcolonial theories in international relations
  • Privatization of security, private military and security companies (PMSCs)
  • Gender and security
  • Gender and the military; military gender integration
  • EU border security, transnational actors (e.g. Frontex)
  • Parliamentarianism, antisemitism, and the political history of Austrian Jews

Professional appointments

Since 2021: FWF Senior Research Fellow, Central European University (CEU)

Since 2017: Scientific Director of the Austrian Institute for International Affairs (OIIP)

2017-2021: Professor of International Politics at the Institute of Political Science, University of Vienna (IPW)

September – December 2016: Affiliated Scholar Beatrice Bain Research Group | Department of Gender and Women’s Studies University of California, Berkeley

2013-2019: Elise-Richter-Fellow (Austrian Science Fund – FWF) at the Department of Political Science, University of Vienna (IPW*)

2012/13: Erwin-Schrödinger-Fellow (FWF) at the IPW

2012: Visiting Post-doctoral Fellow at the School of
Sociology, Politics and International Studies (SPAIS), University of Bristol

2005-2012: Project supervisor and researcher at the IPW

2005-2013: Lecturer at the University of Vienna (IPW; Department of Cultural and Social Anthropology; Department of Economic and Social History)

2003-2005: Student assistant for Eva Kreisky


Doctoral degree in political science, University of Vienna, 2010
Doctoral studies in Political Science | University of Vienna
Doctoral thesis: Gender Ideologies and Military Labour Markets in the US | Supervisor: Prof. Eva Kreisky

Graduate degree in political science (‘Magistra’), University of Vienna, 2003
Diploma thesis: Frontier Ideals and Political Identity in the US – Using Film as Political Science Data | Supervisor: Prof. Eva Kreisky

Awards and fellowships


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