Christian Schmidt-Wellenburg studied sociology, economics and political science at Philipps-Universität-Marburg, University of Manchester and Humboldt Universität zu Berlin. He worked as researcher and lecturer at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin (2004-2005) and Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg (2005-2009). He was awarded a PhD by Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg for his thesis "Governing the firm. Management Consulting in neoliberal capitalism" (2013, research funded by DFG research group "Markets and Social Space in Europe"). Since 2009 he has been working as Assistant Professor at Potsdam University.