Christian Freudlsperger is a Doctoral Student at the Hertie School of Governance and the Berlin Graduate School for Transnational Studies (BTS). He holds a BA from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU Munich) and an MA from the Sciences Po in Paris. His PhD research focuses on the role of sub-federal actors in external trade policy. More specifically, he analyses and compares the influence that Canadian provinces, US states and EU member states can wield in international procurement regulation. He is one of the founders and currently Co-President of Polis180, a Berlin-based think tank on European and foreign affairs.