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I am Professor of Sociology, specializing in migration and mobility. I studied and taught at Humboldt University, Berlin, and also in Heidelberg. I have spent the past few years travelling back and forth to Indonesia to get a better understanding of what life is like for asylum-seekers and other migrants waiting for an official decision on their status. My research interests include: Anthropology, Migration Studies and Indonesian Studies.


  • 2021–present
    Professor , Bielefeld University
  • 2018–2021
    Senior research fellow, Arnold Bergstraesser Institute
  • 2014–2018
    Senior lecturer, Monash University
  • 2011–2014
    McKenzie Postdoctoral fellow , University of Melbourne


  • 2010 
    The Australian National University, PhD