Nicholas Dietrich was born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1984. After matriculating at Paul Roos Gymnasium, Stellenbosch, in 2002, he went on to study a BA in International Studies with an Honours in Political Science (Cum Laude) at Stellenbosch University. In 2009 he completed an MA in International Studies at the same institution. After taking two years out of the academic environment, Dietrich was granted an Erasmus Mundus Scholarship to study an MA in Global Studies at the Universities of Vienna and Leipzig. On completion of his MA, Dietrich remained in Leipzig to take part in a three-year DFG funded Global Studies PhD in the research group “Critical Junctures of Globalisation”. He received his PhD (Summa Cum Laude) in February 2016.