Florian Bieber is a professor of Southeast European History and Politics at the University of Graz, Austria and director of the Centre for Southeast European Studies at the University of Graz and coordinator of the Balkans in Europe Policy Advisory Group (BiEPAG). He was previously lecturer in East European Politics at the University of Kent, UK. He received his M.A. in political science and history and his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Vienna, as well as an M.A. in Southeast European Studies from Central European University (Budapest).