I am a visiting professor at the department of media studies at the university of Paderborn in Germany. I am also a member of the International Centre for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities in Tübingen. My research focuses on the development of algorithms and data processing and its ramifications for political concepts like subjectivity and autonomy. A second strand of research deals with privacy and subjectivity. In particular I am interested in ways of grounding the value of privacy beyond its traditional origins in liberal political thought. Together with Jan Kalbitzer and Thorsten Quandt I coordinate a research project on the Internet and Mental Health, funded by the Daimler and Benz Foundation. In earlier research I have dealt with the ethical implications of using pattern recognition and other means of automation in security applications.
I have studied philosophy and computer science in Karlsruhe, Rome, and Berlin and graduated with a “Diplom” (master’s degree equivalent) in computer science from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. I received my PhD in philosophy in 2012 from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology under the supervision of Hans-Peter Schütt. While working on the dissertation I have pursued additional studies in philosophy at the Humboldt University in Berlin with Rahel Jaeggi. After four years at the Internatial Centre for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities I spent a year at the department of philosophy at the New School for Social Research in New York as a Feodor Lynen Fellow of the Humboldt-Foundation.
The intersections of politics, theories of subjectivity, and technology remain a strong focus of my work since my dissertation. Together with my background in computer science they also inform my projects in media studies.
theories and ethics of technology (in particular data and algorithms), political theory (in particular Hannah Arendt and theories of privacy), new materialism, queer- and gender studies, critical phenomenology