About Me

Hi! I am a third-year PhD candidate in the Politics Department at Princeton University, with a substantive focus on American political development and public policy research. However, my research interests span a wide variety of topics, including gender-based violence, women in politics, as well as voter mobilization efforts.

Before I started my doctoral studies, I received a Masters in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where I was a McCloy Fellow and received the Jane Mansbridge Research Award for my Master’s thesis. I completed a B.A. in Political Science at Freie Universität in Berlin and was a fellow of the German National Merit Foundation throughout my undergraduate studies.

Outside of the Academy

I am a co-founder of the Philadelphia Behavioral Science Initiative (, which works closely with the Philadelphia Office of the Mayor to promote the use of data-driven social science interventions in local government operations.

In the past, I worked for the Gender and Development Group at the World Bank, the German Development Corporation (GIZ), the European Union Delegation to the United States, as well as the European Parliament. I have also completed a number of consultancy assignments, for example for the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation in Australia.

The Fun Stuff

Like all native Germans, I have a natural obsession for gardening (Google “Schrebergarten” and you know what I am talking about). Good thing that my husband and I live on half an acre of land in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, where I can live out my wildest dreams.

When I am not busy with gardening, I am probably obsessing over architectural design or hanging with our two pups, Humphrey and Lola. On occasion, I like to spend time with my spouse as well, usually when traveling, watching movies, or exploring Philly and the surrounding areas.

Speaking of my spouse, here is his academic profile—Syon is an assistant professor of behavioral economics at Swarthmore College.

Our pups, Lola and Humphrey. You are welcome.

Our pups, Lola and Humphrey. You are welcome.