Personal profile

Research interests

I conduct comparative research on the influence of global culture on policies, organizational structures, and practices in secondary schools and universities. I currently study:

  • immigrant integration policies,
  • the working conditions of teaching staff,
  • curriculum reforms based on globalizing pedagogies,
  • and the adoption of evaluation practices such as student evaluation of teaching.

I specialize in the sociology of education, comparative education, higher education, and organization studies. I am fluent in both quantitative and qualitative methods and have expertise in comparative research. 

I have a degree in Psychology, a Dr. Phil. in Education from the Humboldt University of Berlin and a Habilitation in Sociology from the University of Kassel. I also have been visiting researcher at Stanford University and the University of Lugano. Before I became an academic, I gained work experience as a human resources manager, as an educational consultant and schoolteacher.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Sociology, Habilitation (Professorial Qualification), University of Kassel

1 Jan 201830 Jun 2023

Award Date: 15 Jun 2023

Doctor philosophiae (Dr. phil.), Educational Sciences, Humboldt University of Berlin

Award Date: 5 Oct 2015

Higher Education and Development, Master of Arts, University of Kassel

Award Date: 15 Jun 2008

Psychology, Long ISCED (Bachellor and MA), Universidad Nacional de Colombia

Award Date: 14 Jul 2005

External positions

Member, European Consortium for Political Research

1 Mar 20201 Mar 2021

Member, Comparative Education Society in Europe (CESE)

Member, Comparative and International Education Society

Member, European Group for Organizational Studies


  • comparative education
  • pedagogy
  • curriculum
  • academic employment
  • teacher employment
  • educational evaluation
  • research cooperation
  • diversity in educational contexts
  • educational leadership
  • universities
  • higher education
  • secondary schools
  • neo-institutionalism
  • decoloniality
  • Europe
  • Latin America
  • United States
  • Germany
  • Colombia
  • Chile


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