Maximilian Thomas

Ruhr-University Bochum
Faculty of Social Science
Chair for Social Policy & Public Economics
Universitätsstraße 150
44801 Bochum


Tel.: +49 - 32-21996
Room: GD 1/279
Office hours: Upon appointment

Short Biography

Maximilian Thomas has joined the Chair for Social Policy and Public Economics as a research and teaching assistant in October 2021. He holds a MSc in Political Economy from the University of Konstanz and a BA in Philosophie, Politics and Economics from the Witten/Herdecke University. He has gained previous work experience in applied economic research, politics and consulting. Before joining the RUB, he was employed as a student assistant at the Chair for Public Economics (Prof. Dr. Guido Schwerdt) at the University of Konstanz.

Curriculum Vitae

Work Experience

Since 10/2021          Ruhr-University Bochum, Research and teaching assistant (PhD thesis supervisor: Prof. Dr. Zohal Hessami)

10/2020 - 09/2021    University of Konstanz, Student assistant at the Chair for Public Economics

02/2020 - 04/2020    ifo Institute, Munich, Intern (ifo Center for Public Finance & Political Economy)

07/2016 - 07/2018    IMP3ROVE European Innovation Management Academy (Kearney), Düsseldorf, Working student

02/2016 - 03/2016    German Bundestag, Representative's Office of MP Steffen Kanitz, Berlin, Intern


10/2018 - 09/2021    University of Konstanz, MSc Political Economy (Master thesis supervisor: Prof. Dr. Guido Schwerdt)

10/2019 - 12/2019    University of Essex, Auslandssemester, Colchester, Vereinigtes Königreich

10/2013 - 09/2018    Witten/Herdecke University, BA Philosphie, Politics and Economics, Witten

07/2012                    High school degree (Abitur), Gymnasium Christian-Ernestinum, Bayreuth

Scholarships and Awards

10/2018 - 09/2021     Scholarship, Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung für die Freiheit

10/2019 - 12/2019     Scholarship, ERASMUS+

Since 01/2014           E-Fellows.Net Scholar

Other Activities

04/2019 - 09/2019    Fieldhockey Coach, Academic Sports Service at the University of Konstanz

10/2015 - 02/2016    Model United Nations Coordinator at Witten/Herdecke University, Witten

04/2013 - 09/2013    German Commission for UNESCO, Volunteer, Iasi, Romania

03/2010 - 06/2010    Student exchange at Corvallis Highschool, Corvallis, Oregon, USA

08/2004 - 06/2012    Boy Scout, Deutschen Pfadfinderschaft St.Georg/Bayreuth

Working Papers

Conferences and Workshops


European Public Choice Society (EPCS) Meeting in Braga Portugal


Summer 2022:    Survey Experiments in Public Economics (BSc, Seminar)

Winter 2021/22:  Principles of Public Finance (BSc, Seminar)