Independent Young Researchers

On this website, we list postdoctoral researchers at our department, who have the status of "independent young researchers" and conduct their own research projects.

Explaining and Predicting Large-scale Violence in Civil Conflicts

Dr. Sebastian Schutte

Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study (Zukunftskolleg)

Office: Y 226, P.O. Box: 216
Phone: +49 (0) 7531 / 88 - 5688
E-Mail: sebastian.schutte [at]

Research interests:

Research on civil conflict, social psychology, agent-based modeling, survey methods, GIS

Grievance and Collective Violence: Opening up the Black Box

Dr. Janina Beiser

Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study (Zukunftskolleg)

Office: Y 226, P.O. Box: 216

Phone: +49 7531 88 5698
E-Mail: Janina.Beiser [at]

Research interests:

Ethnic conflict, government repression, diffusion processes

Temporary Professorship Intl. Administration & Conflict Management

Dr. Johannes Vüllers

Senior Research Fellow

Office D 343, P.O.Box 90
Tel.: +49 7531 88-2604

E-Mail: Johannes.Vuellers [at]

Research interests:

Religion and Conflict, Religious Peace-Activities, Contentious Politics, Termination of Violent Intra-State Conflicts

Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict

Dr. Carlo Koos

Senior Research Fellow

Office: C 534, P.O. Box: 90
Phone: +49 7531 88-4653
E-Mail: Carlo.Koos [at]

Research interests:

Causes and Consequences of political violence, in particular sexual violence in armed conflicts, ethnic conflicts, resource conflicts, mixed methods, Sub-Sahara Africa

Elections and Democracy

Dr. Michael Herrmann

Office: C 306a, P.O. Box: 92
Phone: +49 7531 88 4771
E-Mail: Michael.Herrmann [at]

Research interests:

Strategic voting and its consequences in Germany and western democracies; Psychology of voting; Elite behavior and leader selection; Political competition; Effects of electoral rules; Representation and democratic satisfaction; Statistical inference; Experiments; Case studies

Associated Fellow per Bridge Fellowship

Dr. Ezgi Pinar

Associate Fellow am Zukunftskolleg

Y 224


Research interests:

Theories of state, Neoliberal restructuring, Critical political economy, Public Policy and Labour politics