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 an Assistant Professor at the Institute for Political Science and European Affairs at the University of Cologne as well as the managing editor of a German-language journal on Foreign and Security Policy. Kai has recently 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.