Consultation hours via ZOOM. Appointment beforehand by e-mail.

Scientific research fields

  • Construction of transnational political identities/ collective political self-understandings, especially European identity formation
  • Theory of democracy (transnational democracy)
  • Emotions in political theory


Curriculum Vitae

Fellowships at academic institutions

Winter 2004/2005

European University Institute, Department of Political and Social Sciences, Fiesole, Italy, senior visiting fellow

2005 - 2011

Member of the Center for Globalization and Governance at the University of Hamburg

Professional Positions

Since Oct. 2007

Lecturer for special tasks, University of Kassel, Department of Social Sciences, Comparative Political Science and Political Theory

2001- 2002

DAAD Scholarship - 'East Germans in Political Institutions of the FRG', University of Hamburg, Institute of Political Science


DAAD German Studies Lecturer (Visiting Associate Professor) at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

January - June 1997

Visiting Researcher at the Frankfurt Institute for Transformation Research at the European University Viadrina, Frankfurt-Oder


Post-doctoral fellowship at the Max Planck Society, Research Group on Transformation Processes in Central and Eastern Europe, at the Humboldt University, Berlin


Scientific cooperation in the research project on drug substitution, project leader: Prof. Dr. Peter Raschke


Research assistant in the research project on AIDS policy and AIDS work in Hamburg, project management: Prof. Dr. Peter Raschke


Research assistant in the research project on Aids policy and Aids work in Hamburg, project management Professor Dr. Joachim Raschke


Research assistant in the research project on social movements, project management Professor Dr. Joachim Raschke, University of Hamburg

1984 - 1987

Research Assistant, Institute for Political Science, University of Hamburg



Doctorate, University of Hamburg

Studies in Political Science, Psychology University of Hamburg

Studies of French Language and Civilization, Sorbonne

Scientific consulting activities

Political consulting


Expert opinion for the Ministry of Labor, Health and Social Affairs of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg on AIDS policy and AIDS work, together with Professor Dr. Peter Raschke

June 1990

Invitation from the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth to advise on the planning of long-term further education on AIDS work


Consultation of the German AIDS-Hilfe e.V.

Expert witness

1997 - 2001

Reviewer for the German Academic Exchange Service and for the Fulbright Program at the University of Michigan


  • German native speaker
  • English fluent speaking and writing
  • French active speaking and writing


2021: "Political Identities & Emotions" - online lecture at Stiftung Demokratie Saarland (May 17, 2021); link to live recording: https: //



2020: emotions and political identities, in POLITIKUM, issue 1, 40-45.

2015: What seemed to belong together is growing apart.... Demos and Identity in Transnational Spaces of Experience, in: Abbas, Nabila/ Förster, Annette/ Richter, Emanuel (eds.): Supranationality and Democracy. The European Union in times of crisis, Wiesbaden: Springer VS, 185-206.

2012: On the Construction of the National in Processes of Europeanization, in: Soeffner, Hans-Georg ed: Transnationale Vergesellschaftungen. Verhandlungen des 35. Kon-gresses der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Soziologie in Frankfurt am Main 2010, edited on their behalf by Hans-Georg Soeffner, Wiesbaden: VS Verlag.

2009: Functional Anachronism. Collective political self-understandings in the European Union. In: Schaal, Gary S. (ed.): Techniques of rational self-binding. Schriftenreihe: Kultur und Technik vol. 11. Münster: LIT Verlag, 96-113.

2007: Collective Identities and Civic Engagement in the European Union. In: König, Frank/ Freske, Nicol/ Ebert, Anett (eds.): Europäische Bürger-gesellschaft im Dialog der Generationen. Documentation of a symposium in Dresden, Dresden, 41-51.

2006: Collective Identities for Political Inclusion in the European Union. In: Heit, Helmut (ed.), The Values of Europe. Constitutional Patriotism and Community of Values in the EU? Münster/ Hamburg: LIT Verlag, 192-203.

2005: Kolektivní identity a demokratická legitimita v severoamerické a evropské demokratické teorii. In: Hrubec, Marek (ed.), Spor o Evropu postdemocracie, nebo predemokracie? Filosofie a sociállní (16), Praha: FILOSOFIA, 85-122.

2004: A chameleon and the beast. Collective identity formation in the European Union. In: Research Journal New Social Movements, issue 4, 91-96.

2001: Lifestyles and Politics in Multicultural Societies. In: Bukow, Wolf-Dietrich/ Nikodem, Claudia/ Schulze, Erika/ Yildiz, Erol (eds.), Towards an Urban Society. The multicultural city between global reorientation and restoration, Opladen: Leske + Budrich, 189-206.

1999: Passion and Politics. On the Rationality of Emotions in Processes of Political Identity Formation. In: Klein, Ansgar/ Nullmeier, Frank, (eds.), Mass - Power - Emotions, Opladen: Westdeutscher Verlag, 219-237.

1997: Identity politics in East Germany. In: WeltTrends (15), 64-78.

1997: East-West Divergences in Institutional and Cultural Processing. On the Canalization of a Conflict. In: Berlin Debate/INITIAL 8 (4), 3-6.

1996: Political Identities in the New Federal States. Discussion Needs and Cultural Differences after Unification. In: Wiesenthal, Helmut (ed.), Unity as a Privilege. Comparative Perspectives on the Transformation of East Germany, Frankfurt a.M.: Campus, 141-187.

1996: Lebensstilbildung und Zivilisierung. On the place of shaping dimensions in the sociology of lifestyle. In: Schwenk, Otto (ed.), Lebensstil zwischen Sozialstruk-turanalyse und Kulturwissenschaft, Opladen: Leske + Budrich, 38-54.

1995: Politicization and Comparative Validity. On the conflict potential of lifestyles. In: Sahner, Heiz/ Schwendtner, Stefan (eds.), 27th Congress of the German Sociological Association in Halle 1995, Congress Volume II, Opladen: Westdeutscher Verlag, 756-760.

1994: The 'Forcing' of the Political. What comes with Beck after Benetton. In: Aesthetics and Communication 23 (85/86), 81-90.

1992: Repressive Knowledge and Repressed Knowledge on AIDS. In: Berking, Helmuth/ Hitzler, Ronald/ Neckel, Sighard (eds.), Politisches Wissen. Documentation No. 2 of the Working Group "Sociology of Political Action," Berlin: Universitätsdruck, 81-92.

1992: Aidsarbeit im Spannungsfeld von Schwulenbewegung und Staat. Instabili-ties of a movement-induced self-help and social work. In: For-schungsjournal Neue Soziale Bewegungen 5 (4), 77-84.

1992: On the Run from AIDS. Social Structure and Coping Strategies In: Hradil, Stefan (ed.), Zwischen Bewußtsein und Sein, Opladen: Leske + Budrich, 267-289.

1992: Barriers to psychosocial care for people with HIV and AIDS in a large city. In: Schäffer, Doris/ Moers, Martin/ Rosenbrock, Rolf (eds.), Aids-Krankenversorgung, Ergebnisse sozialwissenschaftlicher Aidsforschung Bd. 8, Berlin: edition sigma, 98-118.

1991: Eine ganz normale Affäre: Praxis und Wissenschaft. Of the daily small war, the intimate entanglements and the permanent misunderstandings. In: akzept e.V. (ed.), Living with Drugs. Akzeptierende Drogenarbeit als Schadensbegrenzung gegen repressive Drogenpolitik, Berlin: akzept e.V., 73-86.

1990: The HIV test: motivations and problems of prevention. In: Prevention 13 (4), 132-134.

1990: Zum politischen Potential der Alltagspraxis - Einige Anmerkungen zur Analyse soziokultureller Voraussetzungen neuer sozialer Bewegungen. In: Forschungsjournal Neue Soziale Bewegungen 3 (3), 12-21.



1997: Lifestyles and politics. Civilization. Politicization. Comparative validity, Opladen: Leske + Budrich.

1991: with Peter Raschke, Eine Großstadt lebt mit Aids. Strategien der Prävention und Hilfe am Beispiel Hamburgs, Ergebnisse sozialwissenschaftlicher Aidsforschung Bd. 6, Berlin: edition sigma.



1997: Difficulties with Unity. Focus in: Berlin Debate/INITIAL 8 (4).


Review essays:

2010: European identities? In: Journal of Political Theory, Vol. 1, H. 1, 95-102.

2003: What is democracy for? Political science stocktaking and democracy-theoretical reconsideration in H. Abromeit. In: Neue Politische Literatur, Jg. 48, Heft 1, 23-30.



2004: Claus Offe (ed.): Demokratisierung der Demokratie. Diagnoses and Reform Proposals. Frankfurt a.M./New York 2003. in: Politische Vierteljahresschrift 3/2004, 457-6.

2006: Collective Review: European Union. In: PolitischeVierteljahresschrift Heft 3, 46-51.


Expert opinion:

1990: with Peter Raschke, Aids-Prävention und -Hilfe für HIV-infizierte und Aids-kranke Menschen in Hamburg. Commissioned by the Ministry of Labor, Health and Social Affairs of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg.