Studied governance and public policy at the University of Passau (B.A.) and social and population geography at the University of Bamberg (M.A.), I currently work as a First Stage Researcher at the Bamberg Professorship of Historical Geography. In 2022, I am intending to complete my doctoral research on the question of how spaces become relevance or not. I'm developing a concept of "spaces of relevance" in analyzing the spatial politics in the Eastern Bavarian borderlands in the Weimar Republic (1918-1933). This historical and geographical context is an example to understand how the topics of periphery and rurality are combined with such as geopolitics, when Eastern Bavaria should be constructed as a German borderland facing potential threats from the after the First World War established Czechoslovakian Republic.
In general my research focuses the historical and political geography of Central and Eastern Europe, especially in the 20th century and their consequences for the present. My work takes up different perspectives on rural and peripher regions as well as on borders, borderlands and cross-border relations. I discuss my research questions primarily inspired by the theoretical and methodological debates in the context of the Collaborative Research Centre 1199: Processes of Spatialization under the Global Condition in Leipzig as well as in the context of the sociology of knowledge research on spaces in the tradition of the Social Construction of Reality according to Peter L. Berger and Thomas Luckmann, Hubert Knoblauch, Silke Steets, Gabriela B. Christmann and Olaf Kühne.
I am leading and coordinating international and interdisciplinary research projects on this topics in cooperation with colleagues in the Czech Republic from the University of Ústí nad Labem, Charles University, Czech University of Life Science or the University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice. From July to September 2019, I was a visiting scholar at the Collegium Carolinum in Munich and from January to March 2020 at the Research Centre for Cultural and Historical Geography at the Charles University in Prague. Since October 2018, I have been an associated member of the Herder Institute Research Academy at the Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe.