Born and raised in Germany, I completed my BA in Politics and Public Administration at the University of Konstanz. During my time interning at the German embassy in Ecuador and at a political foundation in Mexico, I developed a deep fascination with the region's distinct development trajectories and contemporary challenges, particularly towards questions concerning the rule of law, state capacity, and violence.
My past academic work allowed me to place my focus on political economy and the relevance of institutions for development. This informed the writing of my undergraduate dissertation analysing the influence of trade liberalisation through NAFTA on the democratisation process in Mexico. During my time at the Latin American Centre, I researched the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on crime in Latin American countries. Alongside, I was taking modules on economics, international relations, and politics across the region.