I am a political scientist, working at the intersection of security studies and conflict research. My research interests include nuclear weapons policies, emerging technologies, Euro-Atlantic security, NATO-Russia relations, and international security institutions.
I am the Head of the Arms Control and Emerging Technologies Program at the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at the University of Hamburg (IFSH), a Nonresident Scholar with the Nuclear Policy Program of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and the founder of the US-Russian-German Deep Cuts Commission. Previously, I worked for the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, the German Federal Foreign Office, and the Helmut-Schmidt-University/University of the Federal Armed Forces of Germany.
I hold a PhD (summa cum laude) from Hamburg University in Political Sciences; a Magister Artium from the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms University Bonn in Medieval and Modern History, Political Sciences, and Newer German Literature; and a Masters Degree in Peace and Security Studies from the University of Hamburg. I am an alumnus of the ZEIT Foundation Ebelin and Gerd Bucerius and have been a Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment. I was awarded United Nations Fellow on Disarmament.
I have written over 100 articles on arms control and nonproliferation, international security institutions, and transatlantic security.