Professional Experience

since 02/2018 Researcher, department Family and Family Policies, German Youth Institute (DJI), Munich, Germany
— since 07/2021 Research project “Familiale Belange und Arbeitsmarktintegration der Tied Mover aus der Expertenperspektive” [“Family Issues and Labour Market Integration of Tied Movers from the Perspective of Experts”] (TiMEx), institutional funding
— 10/2020-06/2021 Consultant (Grundsatzreferentin) for the research group Family Policy and Family Support
— 02/2018-01/2021 Research project “Diversität und Wandel der Erziehung in Migrantenfamilien” [“Diversity and Change of Parenting in Migrant Families”] (DIWAN), Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

04/2015-01/2018 Postdoc position, DFG Research Training Group “Transnational Social Support”, Department of Social and Organisational Education, University of Hildesheim Foundation, Germany

05/2007-03/2015 Researcher and lecturer, research unit “Transnationalization, Development and Migration”, Faculty of Sociology, Bielefeld University, Germany
— 07/2013-03/2015 Scientific assistant to Prof. Thomas Faist PhD
— 09/2011-03/2015 International study programme “International Track of the MA Sociology”
— 03/2008-08/2011 Research project “Transnationalisation, Migration and Transformation: Multi-Level Analysis of Migrant Transnationalism” (TRANS-NET), European Union’s Seventh Framework Program
— 05/2007-12/2007 Research project “Information Network for Integration” (, EU programme “Integration of Third Country Nationals” (INTI)

10/2006-11/2006 Internship, autonomous migrant organisation Association des Travailleurs Maghrébins de France (ATMF), Paris, France

03/2001-06/2006 Researcher and student assistant, chair of Prof. Armin Nassehi, Department of Sociology, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany


10/2011-09/2014 PhD, Bielefeld Graduate School in History and Sociology (BGHS), Bielefeld University, Germany
— Doctoral thesis: “Soziale Nähe bei physischer Distanz: Transnationale persönliche Beziehungen von türkischen Migrantinnen und Migranten in Deutschland” [“Social Proximity at Physical Distance: Transnational Personal Relationships of Turkish Migrants in Germany”]

11/1999-12/2005 Studies of sociology, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany
— Diploma thesis: “Die Externalisierung des Barbarischen: Eine Analyse über soziologische Konzeptionen von Barbarei” [“The Externalisation of the Barbarian: An Analysis on Sociological Conceptions of Barbarism”]

09/1997-07/1999 Berufsoberschule (secondary education), Munich, Germany

09/1994-07/1997 Vocational training as clerical administrative assistant, German Patent Office, Munich, Germany


  • Section “Migration and Ethnic Minorities”, German Sociological Association (DGS)
  • AK “Geographische Migrationsforschung”, German Society of Geography (DGfG)
  • AK “Migration”, German Youth Institute (DJI)
  • Institute for World Society Studies, Bielefeld University
  • Section “Family Sociology”, German Sociological Association (DGS)
  • Section “Methods of Qualitative Social Research”, German Sociological Association (DGS)

Reviewer for Journals

  • Discourse: Journal of Childhood and Adolescence Research
  • Estudios de Derecho Journal
  • Ethnic and Racial Studies
  • Ethnicities
  • Forum: Qualitative Social Research
  • Global Networks: A Journal of Transnational Affairs
  • InterDisciplines: Journal of History and Sociology
  • International Migration
  • Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies
  • Journal of Family Research
  • Journal of Family Studies
  • Journal of International Migration and Integration
  • Refuge: Canada’s Journal on Refugees
  • Social Inclusion
  • Social Work and Society
  • Soziale Welt
  • Zeitschrift für Soziologie der Erziehung und Sozialisation