Master of Arts in Political Science, Free University Berlin, 1999. Master of Science in Politics Research, University Oxford, England, 2001. Doctor of Philisophy in Politics and International Relations, University Oxford, 2004.
Assistant professor political science University Asmara, Eritrea, 2004—2005. Postdoctoral fellow Earth Institute, Columbia University, New York City, 2005—2007. Report writer United Nations Development Programme, Bureau Crisis Prevention and Recovery, 2007.
Postdoctoral fellow United Nations University, Institute Advanced Studies, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Yokohama, Japan, since 2007. Consultant United Nations Development Programme Somalia, Nairobi, Kenya, 2001—2002. Assistant editor Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Munich, 2004.
Member of International Studies Association, American Political Science Association.