Bio


Starting September 2024, I will be a postdoctoral researcher in the Cohesion and Deliberative Decision-Making research project at the LSE Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method.

In June 2024, I successfully defended my PhD thesis 'Democratic Boundary Problems: Philosophical Inquiries into Peoples, Elections and Territories' in Philosophy at Hamburg University. The thesis explores who should be enfranchised and how electoral constituency boundaries should be drawn. The thesis was graded summa cum laude, and the papers will soon be submitted for publication. My research was funded by the DFG-funded PPE Graduate Program "Collective Decision-Making"

I work at the intersections of Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE). In particular, my research integrates democratic theory, social choice and models of political economy. This may seem an eclectic range of research areas but working at the intersections often leads to new insights.

My current research focusses on questions of democratic inclusion, democratic equality and political representation. I have written about the design of electoral systems and democratic innovations such as referendums, as well as about sovereignty in the European Union.

My research on referendums, combining constitutional law and social choice, was awarded the Bright Minds Award 2017 by Dare to Cross Over of Utrecht University. Furthermore, my MA Philosophy dissertation on electoral design was awarded the LUF Dissertation Prize 2021 for best Master's dissertation written in the academic year of 2019/2020 at Leiden University. The dissertation was praised for its originality, clarity of argument and societal relevance.


Timeline


2021-2024 - Completed PhD in Philosophy (summa cum laude) in the DFG-funded PPE Graduate Program "Collective Decision-Making" at Hamburg University.

2020-2021 - Junior lecturer at the Institute of Jurisprudence, Constitutional and Administrative Law of Utrecht University.

2019-2020 - Research and Teaching Assistant in the Computational Social Choice Group at the Institute for Logic, Language & Computation (ILLC) of the University of Amsterdam.

2018-2019 - Intern at the Embassy of the Netherlands in Sebia and Montenegro - Department of Politics, Rule of Law and Public Diplomacy.

2016-2020 - Completed the MA degree in Philosophy: Philosophical Perspectives on Politics and the Economy (summa cum laude) at Leiden University, the two-year LLM degree in Legal Research (cum laude) at Utrecht University, and the MSc degree in Applicable Mathematics (cum laude) at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

2012-2016 - Completed the BA degree in Philosophy (cum laude), the BSc degree in Mathematics and the LLB degree in Law (cum laude) at Utrecht University.