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I started my career as an undergraduate at the University of Osnabrück in Germany. Following my BS in Cognitive Science, I pursued a Ph.D. in Cognitive Development from Duke University. Finally, I completed three years of post-doctoral training at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Currently, I am a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh. In my research, I investigate the role of motor development for social cognition abilities in typically developing children and in children at risk for Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). To identify changes in cognitive and social abilities following the acquisition of new motor milestones, I use motor training and enrichment paradigms with very young infants to facilitate motor development (e.g., using "Sticky Mittens") and eye tracking assessments to evaluate social perception.
I study the interconnections between domestic politics and the international economy. One strand of my research focuses on the effects of politics on the financial markets of both the developed democracies and emerging market democracies. Another strand examines the roles that economic and political institutions play in shaping how governments respond to globalization. My methodological interests relate to modeling spatio-temporal dependence in time-series-cross-sectional and panel data.