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Since September 2012, I am a PhD candidate in Florence working on the history of state socialist countries. In my dissertation project, I investigate the politics of alcohol in Romania and Czechoslovakia in the 1970s and 1980s.

I hold an MA in East European studies from Regensburg University (Germany) and a BA in Cognitive Linguistics from Frankfurt University (also Germany). In spring 2015, I was a visiting scholar at the Department of History at the University of California, Berkeley.