, communication studies and political science at the University of Münster in North Rhine-Westphalia, worked as a course coordinator at the same university and as a teaching quality management officer for the vice-rector for quality development at the University of Bielefeld. She has been working at the Europa-Universität Flensburg since May 2013.
and 2001 she studied political science, sociology and economics at the University of Leipzig. From 1997 to 1998 she lived in Madrid where she worked for the German Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation and later for the Spanish PSOE. After completion of her studies, she worked for the UN Refugee Relief Organization UNHCR at first and finally returned to the University of Leipzig where she took her doctoral degree with a dissertation about the European border control policy in the year 2006. Subsequently, she did teaching and research work at the Free University of Berlin, the University of Leipzig, Henry M. Jackson School