(2020). Continuity or Change? (In)direct Rule in British and French Colonial Africa. International Organization, First View.

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(2018). New spatial data on ethnicity: Introducing SIDE. Journal of Peace Research, 55(5), 687–698.

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Working Papers

(2020). Linking Ethnic Data from Africa (LEDA). Journal of Peace Research, conditionally accepted for publication.

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(2019). Roads to Rule, Roads to Rebel: Relational State Capacity and Conflict in Africa. Journal of Conflict Resolution, revise & resubmit.


(2018). Sowing Hatred: Local Ethno-Political Competition and Pre-Election Violence in Majoritarian Elections. Journal of Peace Research, revise & resubmit.



Spatial analyses of local state building and its effects on development and conflict.

Data Projects

Linking Ethnic Data from Africa (LEDA)

We interlink 11 ethnic datasets from Africa via the language tree.

Spatially Interpolated Data on Ethnicity

Collection of 253 near-continuous maps of local ethno-linguistic, religious, and ethno-religious settlement patterns in 47 countries.

Regions in independent Africa

Collection of GIS data on 1st level administrative units, independence - today.

African road network data

Time-varying GIS data on road networks from the Michelin map corpus 1966-2017.



  • Teaching Statement (pdf)

  • Political Economy of Development and Conflict in Africa (Fall 2019).
    Master of Comparative and Internation Studies, ETH Zurich
    Co-taught with Yannick Pengl. Syllabus

  • Ethnic Conflict from a Political Science Perspective (2017).
    Summer School of the German National Academic Foundation
    Co-taught with Yannick Pengl. Syllabus: English | German

As a Teaching Assistant:

  • Quantitative Methods, Master level, 2015
  • Introduction to Political Economy, Undergraduate level, 2014-2015