Professors and Junior Professors

You can find here detailed information about our (junior-)professors and their working groups.


Social Data Science

Prof. Dr. David Garcia

Room: D338
Phone: +49 7531 88 4892

Research Interests:

Computational social science, social media data analysis, collective emotions, polarization, privacy, misinformation, agent-based modelling

Elections and Democracy

Prof. Dr. Michael Herrmann

Office: C 306a, P.O. Box: 92
Phone: +49 7531 88 4771
E-Mail: Michael.Herrmann [at]

Research interests:

Strategic voting and its consequences in Germany and western democracies; Psychology of voting; Elite behavior and leader selection; Political competition; Effects of electoral rules; Representation and democratic satisfaction; Statistical inference; Experiments; Case studies

Political Behavior

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Lukas Rudolph

Office D306, P.O. Box 85
Phone: +49 7531 88 2069

Research interests:

public opinion, preference formation, voting behavior, electoral institutions, environmental politics, survey experiments and causal inference

Survey Research

Prof. Dr. Peter Selb

Office: D335 , P.O. Box: 85
Phone: +49 7531 88 2321
E-Mail: Peter.Selb [at]

Research interests:

Public opinion surveys, elections, direct democracy

Political Methodology

Prof. Dr. Susumu Shikano

Office: Y 316, P.O. Box: 92
Phone: +49 7531 88 3679
E-Mail: Susumu.Shikano [at]

Research interests:

Decision theory, Bayesian statistics, experiments, computer-based simulations

Interim Professor for Political Methodology

Dr. Termeh Shafie

Room: D339, P.O. Box: 85
Phone: +49 7531 88 2150

Research interests:

social network analysis, multivariate statistics, computational social science,  network models, information theory

Quantitative Social Science

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Jan Vogler

Room: D 307, Post Box 85
Phone: +49 7531 88 4804

Research Interests:

Political economy, quantitative methods, bureaucracy, imperialism, political and economic competition, elites, political history, Europe, European Union, Central Europe, Eastern Europe, Germany, democracy, authoritarianism


Comparative Politics

Prof. Dr. Christian Breunig

Office: D 313, P.O. Box: 84
Phone: +49 7531 88 3293
E-Mail: Christian.Breunig [at]

Research interests:

Representation and public policy in advanced democracies, comparative political economy, political methodology

Comparative Political Economy

Prof. Dr. Marius Busemeyer

Office: Y 206, P.O. Box: 79
Phone: +49 7531 88 2860
E-Mail: Marius.Busemeyer [at]

Research Interests:

Education, social and labour market policy; international comparative welfare state research; capitalism research; public opinion regarding education and social reforms; social inequality.

Interim Professor for Policy-Analysis

Dr. Michael Dobbins

Room D 237, P.O. Box 79

Tel.: +49 7531 88-3617


Research interests:

Comparative Educational Policies, Comparative University Policies, EU Policy Making, US Politics, Lobbying, Transformation Processes in Central and Eastern Europe, Home and Foreign Policies of the Countries of the Caucasus Region

Comparative Social Policy

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Sharon Baute

Room D 238, Postbox 79
Phone: + 49 7531 88 2713

Research Interests:

Social policy, European integration, public opinion, Euroscepticism, social science research methods

Empirical and Normative Democratic Theory

apl. Prof. Dr. Sven Jochem

Office: C 308, P.O. Box: 92
Phone: +49 7531 88 4592
E-Mail: Sven.Jochem [at]

Research interests:

Politics of the financial crisis in Europe, Social and Employment Policies in Germany and Scandinavia, Politics, Economy and Society in Scandinavia, Defects of Contemporary Democracies – Theoretical and Empirical Perspectives

Political Theory

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Aurélia Bardon

Room D 329, P.O. Box 81
Phone: (+49)7531/88-2246
E-Mail: aurelia.bardon [at]

Research interests:

Analytical political philosophy; Religion and political theory; Public reason & public justification; Secularism; Liberalism; Morality and religious pluralism; Reasonable disagreements; Liberal neutrality; Bioethics

German Politics

Prof. Dr. Christina Zuber

Office: D 221, P.O. Box: 89
Phone: 07531/88-3374
E-Mail: Christina.Zuber [at]

Research interests:

Parties and representation, federalism and regionalism, migration and integration policy


Political Science, especially International Politics

Prof. Dr. Dirk Leuffen

Office: D 240, P.O. Box: 83
Phone.: +49 7531 88 2924
E-Mail: Dirk.Leuffen [at]

Research interests:

European Union, regional integration, German foreign politics

Development Research

Prof. Dr. Anke Hoeffler

Office: D 233, Postfach 86
Phone: + 49 7531 88 2608
E-Mail: Anke.Hoeffler [at]

Research interests:

Conflict and development research, political and interpersonal violence, social causes of excess morbidity and mortality

International Politics and Conflict Management

Prof. Dr. Katharina Holzinger

University Rector since February 2021, on leave at the department

Office: V 905, P.O. Box: 201
Phone: +49 7531 88 2270

Research interests:

European Integration and Institutions, Single European Market, Decision-making in the EU, i.e. Differentiated Integration, Elections and Democracy in Africa, Conflicts in Africa, Political Violence, Armed Groups, Mediation, Constitution-making following Internal Conflicts, Ethnic Groups and Conflict

Interim Professor for International Relations

Research Interests:

Foreign policy attitudes, Euroscepticism, national identity, voting behaviour and public opinion, political psychology

International Politics - Global Inequality

Prof. Dr. Gabriele Spilker

Room: Y 306, Post Box: 94
Phone: +49 07531 88 3078

Research Interests:
Factors influencing and impact of inequality, impact of climate change on migration and conflict, impact and perception of globalisation processes

International Politics

Prof. Dr. Gerald Schneider

Office: D 233, P.O. Box: 86
Phone: +49 7531 88 2608
E-Mail: Gerald.Schneider [at] uni-konstanz de

Research interests:

European Union (especially European Council, Council of Ministers, and European Monetary Union); politics and financial markets; prediction of political events; causes and consequences of political violence; Globalization; terrorism; diversity and political violence; mediation and other forms of conflict management

Interim Professor for International Politics

Dr. Tim Wegenast

Room: C 532, Post box: 90
Phone: +49 07531 88-2811

Research Interests:

Research on development, natural resource governance, intrastate violence, food security, climate change adaptation

Comparative Politics of Non-democratic States

Prof. Dr. Nils B. Weidmann

Office: D 341, P.O. Box: 84
Phone: +49 7531 88 5676
E-Mail: Nils.Weidmann [at]

Research interests:

Civil wars, ethnic conflicts, modern communication technologies, mobilization and protest in autocratic systems, democratization, computer-based simulations, spatial data-analysis

Interim Professor for Comparative Politics of Non-democratic States

Dr. Sebastian Hellmeier

Office: D343, P.O. Box: 84
Phone: +49 7531 88 5693

Research interests:

Democratization processes, Political protest, Comparison of authoritarian regimes, Methods


Organizational Behavior

Prof. Dr. Sabine Boerner

Office: D 317, P.O. Box: 88
Phone: +49 7531 88 3058
E-Mail: Sabine.Boerner [at]

Research interests:

Personnel management, cooperation and communication in organisational groups, leadership, cooperation and performance in cultural organisations, diversity

Organizational Behavior

Prof. Dr. Florian Kunze

Office: D235, P.O. Box: 87
Phone: +49 7531 88 2355
E-Mail: Florian.Kunze [at]

Research interests:

Demographic change in organisations; age identities; age stereotypes and discrimination; diversity research in teams and organisations; faultline research; effective leadership for individuals, teams, and organizations; evidence-based human resource management; quantitative methods for management research; multilevel analysis; structural equation modelling

Public Administration

Prof. Dr. Ines Mergel

Office: D 234, P.O. Box 83 
Phone: +49 7531 88 3553 
E-Mail: Ines.Mergel [at]

Research interests:

Managing innovations in the public sector, organizational and digital transformation, informal networks in the diffusion process, networked governance

Public Administration

Prof. Dr. Eva Thomann

Room D 333, P.O. Box 81
Phone: +49 7531/88-2318
E-Mail: eva.thomann [at]

Research interests:

Policy implementation, Europeanization, street-level bureaucracy, multi-level governance, regulation, comparative policy and administrative research, qualitative comparative and set-theoretic research methods.

Public Administration/ Organization Theory

The selection process for this position runs during the Winter Semester 2022/23.

Public Management

The selection process for this position runs during the Winter Semester 2022/23.