Our Fellows

Social Science Works is supported by an increasing group of Fellows.


Our fellows comprise a diverse, international group of scholars, mostly based in Germany, that share the core ideas behind Social Science Works.

They strive to contribute to the societal relevance of social science and to the quality of democratic decision making. For that account, they publish quality articles and blogs on our homepage targetting a broad audience and they can be hired by us to write second opinions on research about which they have expertise. Additionally, they regularly support our workshops – especially the ones on deliberation – as moderators and consultants.


Paul Börsting BA

Karoline Waack


Jeanne Lenders MA


Abdulrahman Kadi BA

Stine Jønsson MA

Stine Jønsson graduated with a master’s degree in social anthropology from Aarhus University, Denmark in 2017. Her master thesis is based on her fieldwork in the new mosque in Copenhagen, led by the female imam Sherin Khankan, the first of its kind in Scandinavia. In her thesis, she explores the opening of the mosque and the women’s engagement in it, in the light of the current political scheme, which is highly influenced by the right wing. Even though gender, Islam and Islamic feminism are themes near and dear to her anthropological heart, her field of interest also includes different movements of resistance, anti-radicalization strategies, and conflict management. She loves to travel and has had the opportunity to do fieldwork not only in Denmark but also in St. Petersburg, Russia, and Hoi An, Vietnam, where she spent a semester abroad.

Zacky Khairul Umam MA

Zacky Khairul Umam studied Middle Eastern languages and cultures in Jakarta, Canberra, and Istanbul before coming to Berlin as a Ph.D. candidate for the global intellectual history of early modern Islam at the Freie Universität Berlin (2014 until now). His popular essays on Islam, democracy, Middle Eastern cultures, pluralism, and social thought have been published in major Indonesian media since his undergraduate studies. During Fall 2018, he obtained a Global Humanities Junior Fellowship at the Comparative Thought and Literature Department of the Johns Hopkins University in the US. He is affiliated to Indonesia für Deutschland (indonesiafuerdeutschland.com), a social project to “retribute” to marginalized German societies.

Uwe Ruß MA


Asaf Leshem MA

Asaf Leshem


Zaeem Mahmood Butt

Zaeem Mahmood Butt is a MA student Global Change Management from University of Sustainable Development, Eberswalde. He came to Berlin from Pakistan in 2015. Today, the world is facing many important challenges, be it political, social or ecological. As a change agent Zaeem is committed to social stability and ecological sustainability. He is looking forward to a future where we appreciate and have a spiritual connection with all living things, including humans, and resist any exploitation. Zaeem has joined Social Science Works to deepen his insights in social issues. In the upcoming year, also with the assistance of Social Science Works, he will conduct an empirical research on the motivations, prospects, and experiences of what Germany considers “economic” refugees in Berlin and Brandenburg.


Begüm Selici BA


Christina Pao


Sergiu Lucaci MA

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Alexandra Johansen BA

Sarah Coughlan MA


Daniel Meehan MA

Dr. Jana Schildt


Jada Lindblom MA

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Darine Atassi BA


Dr. Philipp Gerlach


Dr. Marie de Vazelhes

Marie de Vazelhes

Christian Kipp BA


Michael Häfelinger MA

Michael Häfelinger

Ivan Capriles MA

Ivan Capriles

Dr. Sergiu Buscaneanu

Sergiu Buscaneanu

Lily Cichanowicz BA

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Martin Neise BA

Martin Neise

Bérengère Gouraud MA


Niklas Kossow MA


Johannes Kuhnert MA


Oktay Tuncer MA

Johannes Petry MA

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Paula Herrera MA


Ilyas Saliba MA

Ilyas Saliba


Alexandra Ioan MA


Patrick Sullivan MA

Sylvia Joss MA

Alper Baysan MA