At the intersections between the academic disciplines of critical security studies, surveillance studies, and science and technology studies, my research is interested in the development and design of security technologies and in the forms of political and social order produced through them.
I hold an M.A. from the University of Hamburg and a PhD from the University of Tübingen, both in Political Science. Currently, I am a Senior Researcher at the Center for Security Studies (CSS), ETH Zurich.
My interest in technology and security was first kindled as a student assistant at the Institute for Security and Prevention Research (ISIP). In a German Research Foundation (DFG) project with the late Christian Lüdemann and Christina Schlepper, I had the opportunity to empirically engage issues of security and surveillance policies and technologies vis-à-vis civil society.
In my PhD, supervised by Thomas Diez at the Institute for Political Science at the University of Tuebingen, I decided to continue to investigate how security technologies contribute to novel forms of governance. My dissertation specifically looked into how international aviation and airport security was transformed through new technologies after 9/11.
My research focus to a large extent overlapped with my work at the International Centre for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities (IZEW) under Regina Ammicht Quinn, where I engaged ethical questions posed by new and emerging technologies throughout multiple collaborative research projects funded by the German Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) and the European Commission.
In 2016 I have joined the Center for Security Studies, where my position as Senior Researcher has provided me the unique opportunity to further intensify my research interests at the intersection of technology and security. For details about my current projects please refer to Research.
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