Research Interests
Cultural, Political and Social Geography, International Relations, European Studies
Border Studies, Inter-ethnic Relations, Minorities
(Claims for) Political Self-Determination
Migration, Social Movements, Transnational Networks
Citizenship, Identity, Multiculturalism, (Environmental) Governance
East Central and South Eastern Europe, Switzerland, EU, Russia, Caucasus, Central Asia


Languages
German (mother tongue), Hungarian (mother tongue)
English (excellent), French (fluent), Italian (good)
Russian (intermediate), Slovak, Serbian (basic knowledge)


Professional Experience: Academic
Visiting Scholar, Geographical Institute, Hungarian Academy of Sciences (01/18 – )
Senior Researcher/Lecturer, Institute of Geography, University of Bern (01/17 – )
Lecturer, Department of Geosciences, University of Fribourg (spring term ’17, ’18)
Lecturer, Department of Geography, University of Klagenfurt (spring term ’15, ’17, ’18)
Senior Researcher, Department of History, University of Fribourg (09/16 – 12/16)
Lecturer, Institute of Geography, University of Bern (fall term ’16)
Visiting Scholar, Center for European Studies, Harvard University (09/15 – 08/16)
Postdoc/Lecturer, Institute of Geography, University of Bern (05/12 – 08/15)
Research Associate and Coordination Assistant, SNSF SCOPES-Project Integrating (trans)national migrants in transition states (TransMig), Department of Geography, University of Bern (02/12 – 12/12 & 01/10 – 08/10)
Independent Researcher, European Commission and Parliament, Brussels (09/11 – 01/12)
Visiting Fellow, Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination, Princeton University and East Central European Center, Columbia University (02/11 – 08/11)
Visiting Fellow, Department of Government, Harvard University (09/10 – 01/11)
Research Associate, EU 6th FP project Searching for neighbours (SeFoNe) – the dynamics of physical and mental borders in the new Europe, Institute of Geography, University of Bern (07/07 – 02/10)
Lecturer, Institute of Geography, University of Bern (07/07 – 08/10)
Junior Assistant, Institute of Geography, University of Bern, 11/04 – 06/06

Professional Experience: Other
Journalist, Foreign Desk, Swiss Newspaper Neue Zürcher Zeitung (01/14 – 03/14)
Freelance Journalist, Infel AG Corporate Publishing (07/07 – 08/10)
Freelance Journalist, Swiss newspaper Neue Zürcher Zeitung (05/06 – 08/10)
Project Assistant, Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (BAG) (10/03 – 03/04)
Assistant, Forum Ost-West Bern (2002 – 2006)
Freelance Journalist, Swiss newspaper Der Bund (1998 – 2006)


Education
University of Bern: PhD of Science in Geography, The Politics of Good Neighbourhood: State, Civil Society and Enhancement of Cultural Capital in East Central Europe, fieldwork in Hungary, Serbia, Slovakia, Ukraine, Brussels (07/07 – 04/12)

Central European University, Budapest: MA in International Relations and European Studies, Master’s Thesis: Cooperating Regionalist and Autonomy Movements in Europe. The Incentives and Effects of Transnational Networks. Where Do Movements in Transylvania Stand?, fieldwork in Romania (09/06 – 06/07)

University of Bern: MSc in Geography, Master’s Thesis: Zur diskursiven Konstruktion des ungarisch-rumänischen Miteinander, Nebeneinander und Gegeneinander in Siebenbürgen fieldwork in Romania (10/01 – 06/06)
Minors: Media and Communication Studies, Earth Science.
Erasmus Semester, Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE), Budapest (02/04 – 07/04)

Gymnasium Kirchenfeld, Bern (08/1998 – 08/2001)


Visiting Fellowships / Research Visits
Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Geographical Institute, 01/18 –
Harvard University, Center for European Studies, 09/15 – 08/16
European Commission / European Parliament in Brussels 09/11 – 01/12
Princeton University, WWS, Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination,  02/11 – 08/11
Columbia University, SIPA, East Central European Center,  02/11 – 08/11
Harvard University, Department of Government, GSAS, 09/10 – 01/11


Awards & Grants
Advanced Postdoc.Mobility fellowship, Swiss National Science Foundation, 09/15 – 12/16
Fellowship for prospective researchers, Swiss National Science Foundation, 09/10 – 01/12
Full Tuition Scholarship, Central European University, 09/06 – 06/07


Further Education
CAS in Higher Education, University of Bern, 03/13 – 02/17
CAS in Entrepreneurship, University of Bern, 11/12 – 04/13
Media Training for Researchers, MAZ, Lucerne, 25/26 January 2013
Trans-Atlantic Summer Institute, University of Minnesota: Immigration, Citizenship and the Future of Multiculturalism in Europe and North America, 30 July – 10 August 2007
Hettner Lecture, University of Heidelberg: Geographies in/of Europe, Geographies of Asylum, Violence Places: Warfare and the Geographical Imagination, 12-16 June 2006


University Service
Senate, University of Bern (since 2017)
Forum University and Society, University of Bern (since 2017)
Strategic Board, Faculty of Science (FoS), University of Bern (since 2014)
Commission for the Support of Young Researchers, FoS, University of Bern (since 2012)
Intermediate Staff, Department of Geography, University of Bern (2013 – 2016)
Student Union Assembly, Central European University (2006/2007)