My research is located at the intersection of peace and conflict studies and international politics. I am broadly interested in (conflictive) internationalised processes of change, (transitional) justice and the production and circulation of knowledge and ideas. I mostly work with interpretive research approaches and collect original data through qualitative methods, such as interviews and (participant) observation. I have mainly done field research in Tunisia and the United States.

Currently, I am exploring the interplay between (supposedly) technocratic and emancipatory struggles for justice against the backdrop of global knowledge orders, and lead the project Knowing Violence, Shaping Justice: Technocratic and Anticolonial Worldmaking at INTERACT. Within the project, Laura Kotzur and I work on a mapping and genealogy of transformative justice struggles.

I am working on a co-authored article on ‘communities of pressure’ (with Anne Menzel), on an article on ‘confined knowledge flows’ (for a special issue edited by Elisa Lopez Lucia and María Martín de Almagro), and on a co-authored article on the politics of navigating institutions (with Felix Anderl). I am also happy to contribute a chapter to Alex Veit’s NIEO2 project, and to a volume on mechanisms and processes in International Relations, edited by Stefano Guzzini and Ned Lebow.




Transitional Justice in Process: Plans and Politics in Tunisia: Manchester: Manchester University Press.

Articles (peer-reviewed)


A processual framework for analysing liberal policy interventions in conflict contexts. In: Cooperation and Conflict. Online first.

Introducing Justicecraft: Political Change Across Space and Time. In: Political Anthropological Research on International Social Sciences (PARISS), 3:1, 51–108. (With the JusticeCraft Collective).

Trying just enough or promising too much? The problem-capacity-nexus in Tunisia’s transitional justice process. In: Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, 16:1, 98-116. DOI: 10.1080/17502977.2021.1882756. (Published online: 22 Feb 2021).


Beyond Peace vs. Justice: Assessing Transitional Justice’s Impact on Enduring Peace using Qualitative Comparative Analysis. In: Transitional Justice Review, 1:4, 96-123. DOI: (With Timothy Williams).

Chapters and articles


Transitional Justice in der Internationalen Politik. In: POLIS, 25:3, 16-18.

Tunisia’s Re-configurations and Transitional Justice in Process: How Planned Processes of Social and Political Change Interplay with Unplanned Political Dynamics. In: Reconfigurations. Contextualising Transformation Processes and Lasting Crises in the Middle East and North Africa, Eds. Ouaissa, Rachid/Pannewick, Friederike/Strohmaier, Alena. Wiesbaden: Springer VS.


Designing transitional justice - Problems of planning political & institutional change in volatile political contexts. In: Challenges to the Middle East North Africa Inclusionary State, Eds. Lynch, Marc/Salloukh, Bassel POMEPS Studies 37.


Frieden und Transitional Justice. In: Handbuch Frieden, Eds. Gießmann, Hans-Joachim/Rinke, Bernhard. Wiesbaden: Springer VS. (With Timothy Williams).

Zu viel versprochen? In: Internationale Politik, 02/2019.

’Droits de l’homme bien sûr!’ Human Rights and Transitional Justice in Tunisia. In: Accessing and Implementing Human Rights and Justice, Eds. Mills/Kurt and Labonte, Melissa. Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.


Labor Unions and Transitional Justice: An Exploratory Study on a Neglected Actor. In: Justice Mosaics: How Context Shapes Transitional Justice in Fractured Societies, Eds. Duthie, Roger/Seils, Paul. New York: International Center for Transitional Justice. (With Eva Ottendörfer, Irene Weipert-Fenner, Jonas Wolff).


Autonomy in Times of War? The Impact of the Libyan Crisis on Migratory Decisions. In: Understanding Migrant Decisions. From Sub-Saharan Africa to the Mediterranean Region, Eds. Gebrewold, Belachew/Bloom, Tendayi. Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge. (With Delf Rothe).


Wahrheit und Gerechtigkeit: In Tunesien beginnt die offizielle Aufarbeitung der Vergangenheit. In: Internationale Politik, 6/2014.

Online publications, guest contributions, blogs


Keine Angst vor Freiheitskämpfen. In: Frankfurter Rundschau, 27 December 2022. (With Tareq Sydiq and Sara Kolah Ghoutschi).


Fast and Slow Politics. In: APSA MENA Politics Newsletter 4:2 – Fall 2021.

Tunisia’s transitional justice programme highlights the danger of overpromising. In: Africa at LSE, 19. März 2021.


Deutschland sollte Tunesien unterstützen. In: Frankfurter Rundschau, 28 October 2019. (With Ilyas Saliba).

Transitional Justice as a Foreign Policy Issue across the Atlantic: Trends and Counter-trends. Transatlantic Perspectives Essay. Washington, DC: American Institute for Contemporary German Studies.

How Tunisia is addressing its authoritarian past — and why it matters. In: The Washington Post, Monkey Cage, 15 April 2019.


Transitional Justice: Aus Tunesien lernen. In: PeaceLab Blog, 18 September 2018.

Political resistance: how cross-cutting frictions drive and define transitional justice in Tunisia. In:, 18 July 2018.


Tunisia’s struggle against corruption: time to fight, not forgive. In: openDemocracy, 16 May 2017. (With Irene Weipert-Fenner).


Tunisia: performing justice in difficult times. In: openDemocracy, 21 November 2016.


Frieden durch Dialog. In: Frankfurter Rundschau, 11 October 2015. (With Irene Weipert-Fenner).