Matthias Häußler studied philosophy, sociology and political science at Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt where he received his doctorate in philosophy in 2006; his thesis supervisor was Prof. Dr. Brigitte Scheer. The topic of his thesis was “The Concept of Religion in Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit: The Foundations of His Secular Theory of Religion”. The thesis was awarded with the first International Maurice Blondel Prize for Religious Philosophy in the Modern Era (award presentation speech by Cardinal Karl Lehmann).
Starting in 2004, Matthias Häußler was on the staff of the University of Siegen under the professorship of sociologist Trutz von Trotha, and from 2009 to 2013 he conducted research for the project funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft [German Research Foundation] titled "Forms of War, Political Domination, and the Delimitation of Violence: On the Sociology of Colonial War in the Wars in German Southwest Africa, 1904-1908" headed by Trutz von Trotha. After the project ended he continued as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Social Sciences at the University of Siegen.
He is currently drafting a monograph on the escalation of violence in colonial wars in the former colony of German Southwest Africa. His research has taken him to Namibia, Botswana and South Africa.