I am a postdoctoral researcher at the International Centre for Higher Education Research (INCHER), University of Kassel, where I work on a research project on the institutionalization of teaching evaluations funded by the Fritz Thyssen Foundation. In this position, I am a visiting scholar during the Autumn Academic Period 2018 at Stanford University. I studied psychology, with emphasis in educational and organizational psychology. I have a MA with focus on higher education and international political economy and a Doctorate (Dr. phil.) in education from the Faculty of Education and Social Sciences, at the Humboldt University of Berlin. In my doctoral studies, funded by the German Academic Exchange System (DAAD), I further gained expertise in sociology of education and comparative education. For the last fifteen years I have worked as a professor and consultant for companies, governmental agencies, schools and universities in Colombia, Germany and the United States. My present research interests are in secondary education and higher education, sociology of education, educational psychology and comparative education. I adopt a neo-institutional and a comparative perspective to study governance, organizational structures, teaching, research, learning and student motivation.