Maximilian is a historian who specializes in Cold War Studies and the History of Communism. He earned his PhD from the University of Vienna in 2012. As Junior Researcher and later as Post-Doc he worked at the Austrian Academy of Sciences and the University of Vienna. At the moment, he is working on a book with the working title Overcoming the Iron Curtain. A New History of Détente in Cold War Central Europe.
In the Unlikely Refuge? project, he researches refugees from Communist countries in Cold War Austria. His specific project will focus on how the discourses on refugees from Communism changed from the 1970s to the 1990s.