About me

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, as well as the wider societal and normative consequences that emerge from the implementation of such technologies in particular contexts.

I hold an M.A. from the University of Hamburg and a PhD from the University of Tuebingen, both in Political Science. Currently, I am a Senior Researcher at the Center for Security Studies (CSS), ETH Zurich.

My critical interest in technology and security was first kindled when I was 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 was given the chance 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 pursue questions of new security policies and technologies and their normative implications. My dissertation specifically looked into international aviation and airport security.

Fortunately, this thematic 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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