I'm a writer and scholar in the social sciences, affiliated with the LINES institute (Leuven International and European Studies) at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Leuven (KU Leuven), Belgium. In 2007 and 2008, I was a visiting scholar at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University. My research focuses on minority politics, nationalism in East-Central Europe and the Balkans, democratization, and, most recently, restorative justice. I was born in Bruges and have lived, studied and conducted research in several Central European countries. Currently I live in Brussels.