After having completed my German civilian service in northeastern Brazil in 2002/3, I studied philosophy, economics and political science at the universities of Bayreuth, São Paulo and Bern, as well as at Duke. In 2008 I started my PhD in philosophy at the Goethe University of Frankfurt, where I was as a research and teaching fellow of the Cluster of Excellence “The Formation of Normative Orders” and of the Centre for Advanced Study “Justitia Amplificata: Rethinking Justice – Applied and Global.” In 2011 I spent a research stay at the University Center for Human Values at Princeton. In 2012 I defended my thesis Global Justice and Development, which was published with Palgrave Macmillan in 2014.

Subsequently I began my habilitation thesis in philosophy on the topic of democratic education and worked as postdoctoral research and teaching fellow of Prof. R. Forst’s Leibniz-prize research group in Frankfurt, the Centre for Ethics at the University of Toronto in 2014/15, and the Hoover Chair for Economic and Social Ethics at the Catholic University of Louvain in 2017. In 2013 and 2017 I have received grants from the German Research Association (DFG) to re-launch the journal Global Justice: Theory Practice Rhetoric, which I co-edited from 2012 to 2021. In 2018 I submitted my thesis at the Goethe University of Frankfurt, which was published with Routledge as Democratic Education in a Globalized World in 2019.

Since 2018 I am an Assistant and since 2022 an Associate Professor in the Department of History and Politics at the American University of Paris (AUP), where I am also a Fellow of the Center for Critical Democracy Studies and coordinate the Philosophy Program. At AUP I teach both historically and systematically oriented courses in ethics, social and political philosophy, democratic theory, and comparative political theory. Since 2021 I am book series co-editor of Philosophy of Education – Debates and Constellations (Brill and Mentis) and since 2022 I am journal co-editor of Analyse & Kritik – Journal of Philosophy and Social Theory (De Gruyter). In 2023 I co-edited The Cambridge Handbook of Democratic Education (Cambridge University Press).