Fabian Habersack is a PhD fellow in the area of comparative populism and democracy at the Department of Political Science at the University of Salzburg since October 2017. He completed his bachelor’s degree in Political Science at the University of Salzburg and at Sciences Po Paris. Habersack obtained a master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Salzburg in 2017 (core subjects: International Relations and Comparative Politics). His master’s thesis “Leaders and laggards: Explaining ambition in the design of preferential trade agreements (PTAs)” addresses the effects of trade partner similarity on the design of international preferential trade agreements. Having studied populist parties and movements in his academic career, he now primarily focuses on comparative populism and democracy as well as voting behavior in his doctoral program.