Vitae: Studies of Political Sciences, History and Economics at the Gerhard Mercator University of Duisburg. Doctoral fellow in the interdisciplinary Post-Graduate programme for Social Sciences on "Social Networks" of the Volkswagen Foundation at the University of Cologne (Dr. sc. pol. 1992). Habilitation at the Open University of Hagen (2001).
Post-doctoral Fellow at the Minda De Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University (1993). Research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne (1993-2002). Robert-Bosch-Fellowship for Comparative Public Policy and Institutions awarded by the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS), Washington D.C. (2001). Visiting Professorships at the University of Cologne (2001/2002) and at the Open University of Hagen (1998/1999 and 2002/2003). 2003-2008 Professor of Political Regulation and Governance at the Open University of Hagen. Since April 2008 Professor of Political Sciences at the Free University Berlin, Chair for International Political Economy.
Awards: Otto-Hahn-Medal for Young Scientists, awarded by the Max Planck Society for the dissertation (1993). Bennigsen-Foerder Prize granted by the state of North Rhine-Westphalia (1999). Post-doc Research Prize for the habilitation thesis granted by the German Political Science Association (DVPW) (2004).
Co-editor of the book series "Gesellschaftspolitik und Staatstätigkeit", "Grundwissen Politik" and "Governance" (published by VS). Member of the editorial board of "German Politics", Reviewer for different leading journals. Member of the Research Council 111 for "Social Sciences" of the German Research Association (DFG).
Research interests: Globalization and the transnational regulation of markets, "Varieties of Capitalism" in transition, Transformation of Corporate Governance Systems, Financial Markets, Intellectual Property Rights, Innovation Systems