I am Associate Professor in Political Science at the University of Amsterdam.
My research addresses concepual and empirical questions of border security, territoriality, technology and practices. It combines insights from Critical Security Studies, Political Geography and Postcolonial Theory. My current work is concerned with Eurocentric accounts with respect to the emergence of modern forms of population and territorial control.
My previous research, funded by a VENI grant by the Dutch Research Council (NWO) examine the daily governance of migration and borders in Turkey. More information on this research can be obtained under the TRANSIT tab. Currently
I am elected Governing Board member (2021-2025) of the European International Studies Association, where I manage the European Workshops in International Studies portfolio. I am Editor (2022-2027) of International Political Sociology, which is an official journal of the International Studies Association.
I am co-leader of the 'Europe in the World' theme of Amsterdam Centre for European Studies (ACES) Amsterdam Centre for European Studies. I am co-convener (with Tasniem Anwar) of the ACES Online Series 'Decolonising Europe' Decolonising Europe.
I am on the editorial advisory board of Environment and Planning D: Society and Space. Also, I have been an affiliated researcher at Jean Monnet Network EUMENIA as well as at FOLLOW: Following the Money from Transaction to Trial, which is a Consolidator Grant of the European Research Council (ERC) led by Professor Marieke de Goede.
I received my PhD in Political Science from the University of Tübingen (2014) with a scholarship by the Friedrich-Ebert Foundation. Previously, I was a postdoctoral researcher in the 'Europe and the World' theme of ACCESS EUROPE at the University of Amsterdam (2014-2015).
I teach courses in International Relations, Decolonial/Postcolonial Studies and European politics.
TRANSIT examines Turkey's governance of migration and borders. It focusses on everyday practices of what is called 'transit' migration in Turkey. In the context of its membership negotiations with the EU, Turkey has made a number of legal and administrative changes to 'Europeanise' its border and migration policies. TRANSIT explores to what extent such changes are reflected in the daily practices of migration and border governance by Turkish security and political professionals. The research also looks at the daily interaction between Turkish officials and migrants and asks how such interaction affects migrants' decisions.
TRANSIT (2015-2019) is funded by a VENI grant from the Dutch Science Foundation (NWO) and is embedded in the Transnational Configurations, Conflict and Governance' programme group of the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR).