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I started my education at Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich, where I completed a BA in Comparative Religion. During that time, I spent a year abroad at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. I went on to complete an MPhil in Social Anthropology at the University of Oxford. During that time, I started a research assistantship at the Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology for a project led by Peter Turchin and Harvey Whitehouse, where I became intrigued by cultural evolution. I recently finished my PhD in Biological Anthropology at University College London, where I was supervised by Ruth Mace. My dissertation fieldwork took me to Vanuatu, where I spent 11 months conducting field research in rural villages on the islands of Efate and Espiritu Santo. I am currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, where I am working on a project under the guidance of Heidi Colleran.

I have received scholarships and research funding from the Max Weber Programme (State of Bavaria, Germany), the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the Rotary Foundation, and the German Academic Scholarship Foundation (Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes).