I am research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies.
I studied Sociology, Philosophy, Political Sciences, and Ethnomusicology at Free University of Berlin and Helsinki University. Afterwards I worked as a doctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research and later at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societes. In 2009 and 2010, I was a visiting fellow at Princeton University and at the University of California-Berkeley. I received my doctorate in Economics and Social Sciences from the University of Cologne in 2012.
Besides my research activities I was also Academic Coordinator of the International Max Planck Research School on the Social and Political Constitution of the Economy (IMPRS-SPCE) and Research Coordinator at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies from 2011 to 2013.
I am especially interested in topics from the area of
Economic sociology | Political economy | Cultural sociology | Sociology of death and dying | Sociology of new religious movements | Ageing and demographic change
At the moment, I am investigating the causes, trajectories and consequences of market transformation. My main interest is how changing values influence particular markets. I am currently doing research on the political economy of the German funeral market.