Curriculum Vitae


April 2008 – present
Ph.D Candidate at the Max Planck Institute of Social Anthropology Halle (Saale)

09/2006 – 09/2007
MA in International and Comparative Legal Studies (SOAS, University of London)
Thesis Title: "Religious Police Reinvented? ‘Commanding right and forbidding wrong’ as a matter of governance."

03/1999 – 05/2005
Magister Artium, Philipps-University Marburg and Free University Berlin
Major: Study of Religions, Minors: Peace and Conflict Studies / Pedagogics/ Iranian Studies (2001-2003)
Thesis Title: "Rechtspluralismus in Afghanistan. Die strukturelle Einbindung des Islam in der rechtlichen Ordnung anhand ausgewählter Beispiele." [Legal Pluralism in Afghanistan. Islam as an integral part of legal systems, illustrated by selected examples]

Field research

09/2003 – 03/2004
Independent Research on the impacts of Islam on Afghan legal systems, Kabul (Afghanistan)

06/2000 - 09/2000
Field research in Chiapas / Mexico on the impact of land rights on the EZLN movement


09/2003 – 03/2004
Project Assistant in the GTZ - Programme 'Promoting the Rule of Law in Afghanistan'
Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit/ Kabul (Afghanistan)

02/2003 - 04/2003
Intern in the Afghanistan/Pakistan Country Office
Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit / Eschborn (Germany)

08/2001 – 03/2002
Intern and freelance assistant in the 'Contact and Advice Bureau for Refugees and Immigrants' (NGO), Berlin (Germany)

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