My focus in teaching is on qualitative social research, work and organizational psychology and the work of Erich Fromm.
In the seminar ‘empirical practical training’, I give an introductory to qualitative social research concerning study design as well as qualitative methods of data inquiry and analysis. In the field of work and organizational psychology, I teach the seminar ‘conflict management in groups’. Here we look at meaning, conditions of formation and dissolution as well as prevention of conflicts. As part of the Erich Fromm Study Centre, I teach a seminar where we read primary literature by Fromm, discuss his texts and contextualize them with current theories and debates.
An interdisciplinary approach, combining a social psychological perspective with insights from sociology and cultural studies, informs my teaching. Therefore, in the different seminars we will deal with the area of tension between subject and society, as well as with power structures and hierarchies.
In my research, I focus on social identity and subject formation processes in the context of class, gender, ‘race’ and nation, applying different methodological approaches from qualitative research for data inquiry (e.g. narrative and problem centered interviews, group discussions, participatory observation) and analysis (e.g. grounded theory, documentary method, in-depth hermeneutical approaches).
In my ongoing dissertation, I analyze narratives of national belonging in the context of football World Cups and European Championships, focusing on symbolic boundaries and hierarchy formation processes along class, gender and ‘race’.
As a student research assistant from 2011 to 2013, I was involved in the DFG-funded research project “Identity construction in everyday life – qualitative secondary analysis in the field of gender, work and family”. Based on this project and as part of the former research group I am currently involved in the editing of a volume on “Self in everyday life – qualitative secondary analysis of identity formation processes in reciprocal relationship of normalization and self-design”. The volume will contain an essay of mine on formation and meaning of authenticity in the context of late-modern flexibility and acceleration.