- Interdisciplinary approaches to old-age security
- Social and economic policies of international institutions (e.g. World Bank, ILO and OECD)
- Theories of international relations
- European social policy
- History of economic thought
2004: Research associate, Social Policy Department (University of Cologne) and guest researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods.
2003: Masters degree in economics (Diplom-Volkswirt sozialwissenschaftlicher Richtung), University of Cologne.
1997-2003: Studied Economics, Business Administration, Political Science and Sociology in Berkeley, Freiburg and Cologne.