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I am research associate and lecturer at Dresden University of Technology, where I teach courses on international relations theory, international organizations, and the political system of the European Union (EU). My research interests include European integration and public policy, EU external relations (especially the “Community pillar”), international negotiations and diplomacy, global governance and international institutions, interdisciplinary approaches, and teaching and learning in higher education.

I received my PhD and a Master of Research from the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, Italy, including a stay as visiting researcher to the Berlin Graduate School of Social Sciences (BGSS) at Humboldt University Berlin. Previously, I worked as bluebook stagaire for the European Commission in its external relations departments in Brussels, Belgium, and Europe’s biggest think tank, the Institute for International and Security Affairs (Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik) in Berlin, Germany. Furthermore, I hold a Master’s degree from the Salzburg Centre of European Union Studies (“Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence”) with an exchange period at the Centre for European Studies at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. Before coming to political sciences, I studied economics and hold Master degrees in Business Administration and International Economic and Business Studies from the University of Innsbruck School of Management, including exchange periods at Tulane University in New Orleans, USA, and the Miguel Hernández University of Elche, Spain. My student life began with studying law at the University of Vienna, which I abandoned after one year. Nevertheless, this early formation still puts me at ease with plowing through the legal nitty-gritty of decisions where necessary for my research.

Outside academia, I take pride in being an active member of society and enjoy participating in the process of opinion formation. To that end, I occasionally comment on current European affairs in online newspapers. I am particularly committed to the promotion of the Erasmus program, which shows in my participation in Europe’s first-ever European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) Fraternité 2020 and my prior engagement in the Erasmus Student Network (ESN). To stay in touch follow me on Twitter: @MarkusGastinger

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