Research

My work roughly follows three research streams.

First, I am interested in international organizations and the diffusion of standards and international law. In my book Towards a Global Consensus Against Corruption, I compare the contents and legal design of international anti-corruption agreements. I argue that they are shaped by diffusion processes between international organizations. Yet the agreements vary significantly because member states use them as signals of their commitment to different audiences.

Building on this work, I am now trying to learn more about international asset recovery. Related fields of interest are comparative regionalism and human rights.

Second, I have joined the project “Global Pathways” in 2018. We analyze the field of International Relations with an emphasis on how knowledge spreads across different sub-communities. This interdisciplinary research group combines draws on ideas from the sociology of science, network analysis, and bibliometrics.

Third, I take part in the new TRANSNORMS project (2019-2024) led by Thomas Risse. We investigate how global norms are translated in domestic discourses, and what effects these translation processes have on implementation. The project thus aims to combine several approaches on norms, diffusion, and translation. To analyze a large number of cases in parallel, we will employ text-as-data techniques such as topic modeling. (In other words, I expect to spend a lot of time tinkering with R…)