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Prof Kai Oppermann

Post:Reader in Politics (Sussex European Institute)
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Kai Oppermann is a graduate of the Free University Berlin and obtained a PhD in Political Science from the University of Cologne in 2007. Before joining the University of Sussex in October 2013, he was a Lecturer in European and German Politics at King’s College London. He has been a member of Faculty at the Institute for Political Science and European Affairs at the University of Cologne and was managing editor of a German-language journal on Foreign and Security Policy. Kai has been awarded the Venia Legendi in Political Science (2013) at the University of Cologne, on the basis of a professorial dissertation on the domestic sources of European integration and foreign policy. In 2010, he won a Marie Curie Fellowship for a research project on European integration referendums. He has also taught at the Free University Berlin, the Philipps-University Marburg and the Centre International de Formation Européenne (CIFE) in Nice. Before he took up his first academic position, he worked as a personal assistant in the German parliament, the Bundestag.



since 5/2018                     Professor of Politics, University of Sussex

7/2015-4/2018                  Reader in Politics, University of Sussex

10/2013-6/2015                Senior Lecturer in Politics, University of Sussex

10/2012-9/2013                Lecturer in European and German Politics, King’s College London

12/2007-9/2012                Associate Professor (Akademischer Rat a.Z.), University of Cologne

8/2010-7/2011                  Marie Curie Fellow, University of Sussex

11/2002-11/2007              Assistant Professor (Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter), University of Cologne

1/2000-10/2002                Personal Assistant to a Member of the German Bundestag, Berlin


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