1997 - 2001
Ph. D. programme at the European University Insitute (Florence) in the department of Political and Social Sciences. Doctoral thesis: 'Europolis. Constitutional Patriotism Beyond the Nation State' (supervisor: Prof. Philippe C. Schmitter), defended in September 2001 (jury: Prof. Dr. Jürgen Habermas, Prof. Charles F. Sabel, Prof. Dr. Peter Wagner

1997 - 2000
Fellowship for the Ph.D. programme at the European University Institute (Florence), granted from the Italian Ministry for Foreign Affairs
Editing consultant for the non-fiction programme and the humanities department of the publishing house Giangiacomo Feltrinelle (Milan)

Visiting fellow at the department of political science of McGill University Montreal (Canada) studying under the supervision of Prof. Charles Taylor and Prof. James Tully Research fellowship awarded by the Cusanuswerk

1991 - 1994
Regular participant of the research colloquium of Prof. Dr. Jürgen Habermas at the University of Frankfurt 

Editor-trainee at the S. Fischer Verlag (Frankfurt/Main), department of humanities M.A. in philosophy, literature and contemporary history, Johann Wolfgang Goethe University (Frankfurt am Main)

Magisterarbeit (Master thesis): 'Dialogizität und Intersubjektivität. Zur Sprachtheorie Michail Bachtins' (supervisor: Prof. Dr. Habermas)

Continued graduate studies at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main
Internship at the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ), Feuilleton and Ressort 'Geisteswissenschaften'; thereafter free lance author for the FAZ

1986 - 1987
Graduate studies at the State University of Milan, and participation in a research project: 'Sociology and Lifeworld' (Husserl, Schütz, Weber, Habermas)

Bakkalaureatsexamen (B.A.) at the Jesuit University of Philosophy in Munich

1984 - 1986
Young Journalists Fellowship, awarded by the Institut zur Förderung publizistischen Nachwuchses e. V.; internship in various daily newspapers

1984 - 1986
Undergraduate studies in philosophy, contemporary history and literature at the Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich and at the Jesuit University of Philosophy 

1984 - 1990
Scholarship of the Bayerische Hochgegabtenförderung

Allgemeine Hochschulreife (general higher education entrance qualifikation)