Stefan Lueder studied Area Studies of Asia and Africa (B.A.) and South- and Southeast Asian Studies (M.A.) at Humboldt University Berlin, the University of Vienna and Kathmandu University. Currently, he is a Ph.D. candidate at the Institute for Asian and African Studies at Humboldt University Berlin, researching elitist strategies of legitimization in the Gorkha state and Nepal between the 18th and 20th century. For his Ph.D. thesis, he received the highly prestigious Ph.D. scholarship from the German Academic Scholarship Foundation (Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes) and was awarded the Dor Bahadur Bista Award of the Association of Nepal and Himalayan Studies. Since 2021, he is working as Managing Editor for the renowned academic journal HIMALAYA and recently joined The Highland Institute as Senior Research Scientist and Program Manager.