holds a graduate degree in Political Science (university diploma). Before turning to political science, he studied at the University of Applied Police Sciences (Saxony) and received a degree in Administrative Management. He is a doctoral candidate at the Martin-Luther University in Halle-Wittenberg. There, he taught at the Institute for Political Science in addition to being a member of the CITREP Project (Citizens and Representatives in France and Germany). His research focuses on leadership processes in parliamentary party groups and parliamentary representation.