Maximilian's regional focus is mainly on the Mediterranean. He holds a BA in Islamic Studies (Freie Universität Berlin) and participated in the Euro-Mediterranean Programme at Kairo University. After a longer stay abroad in Spain and Argentina he has developed an additional interest in Latin America. Thematically he focuses his research on the movement of people and ideas. In his BA thesis he explored the connections between medieval Andalusian philosopher Ibn Rushd and contemporary arguments for democracy and human rights in the Middle East.