In November 2014, I received my PhD from the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, Italy. My supervisors were Adrienne Héritier and Andreas Dür (what a combo!). My doctoral studies also included a period as visiting researcher at the Berlin Graduate School of Social Sciences of the Humboldt University in Berlin. In 2011, I also earned a Master of Research at the EUI.

In 2009, I got a master in European Union Studies from the Salzburg Centre of European Union Studies (“Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence”) including a (downright amazing!) Erasmus semester at the Centre for European Studies of the Jagiellonian University in Krakow (Poland). Before coming to political science, I studied economics. In 2006, I got my university diploma 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 in Elche (Spain).

My academic life actually began with studying law at the University of Vienna in 2000. However, I abandoned law after only one year because I thought studying economics would give me greater opportunities to go abroad. Nevertheless, this early formation still puts me at ease with plowing through the legal nitty-gritty where necessary for my research (which is often indispensable when applying PA theory).