In November 2014, I received my PhD in political science from the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, Italy. My supervisors were Adrienne Héritier and Andreas Dür (what a combo!). This also included a period as visiting researcher at the Berlin Graduate School of Social Sciences of the Humboldt University in Berlin. In 2011, I received a Master of Research from 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 an 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 university diplomas 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 student days actually began with studying law at the University of Vienna. However, I abandoned law after only one year because it did not turn out right for me. Nevertheless, this early formation still puts me at ease with plowing through the legal nitty-gritty where necessary for my research.