Professional background

Academic career 

From 04/2016
Post-doctoral fellow at the College for Interdisciplinary Educational Research (CIDER), Berlin, Germany (funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the Jacobs Foundation and the Leibniz Association)

From 10/2014
Post-doctoral researcher in Diversity in Education and Development in the Inclusive Education Department, University of Potsdam

04/2014 - 09/2014
Doctoral researcher in the department of Educational Psychology at Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany

 04/2013 - 03/2014
Doctoral researcher in the department of Cross-Cultural Psychology at Tilburg University, Netherlands

 04/2009 - 03/2013
Doctoral fellow at the Graduate School for Human Behaviour in Social and Economic Change (GSBC) at Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany

Academic degrees

04/2009 - 11/2014
Joint PhD at Friedrich-Schiller University Jena, Germany und Tilburg University, Netherlands (Dissertation: “Contextual conditions for acculturation and school-related outcomes of early adolescent immigrants in Germany”; supervised by Prof. Peter Noack, Prof. Fons J. R. van de Vijver, Prof. Stephan Lessenich; “summa cum laude”)


09/2007 - 03/2009
Master of Science in Cross-Cultural Psychology at Brunel University West London, UK (MSc thesis: “Crossed categorisation, culture and tolerance – the role of ingroup inclusiveness in a cross-cultural comparison of Poland, East and West Germany”; supervised by Dr. Toby Robertson; A “with distinction”; best dissertation award by the faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences)


10/2003 - 06/2006
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology mit Contemporary European Studies at the University of Sussex, UK (BA thesis: “A terror management perspective on attitudes towards foreigners following the London bombings in July 2005”; supervised by Dr. Vivian Vignoles; BSc thesis European Studies: “The relation between national and European identities and attitudes towards a European constitution in France, Germany and the UK”; supervised by Prof. Dr. Francis McGowan; 67% "upper second class")