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Reinhold Gärtner studied at the University of Innsbruck (Mag.phil. 1984, Dr.phil. 1990) and was habilitated in 1995 at the Faculty of Social- and Economic Sciences. Since 1985 Gärtner has been at the Department of Political Science, since 2001 as ao.Univ.-Prof. He has been lecturing at the department since 1986.
Gärtner’s main focus in teaching is in the fields of Austria’s political System and Comparative Politics; besides, since the mid 1980ies Gärtner has also been involved in teachers advanced education (civic education).
The main fields of research are right wing populism and extremism, Austria’s political System, Politics of Remembrance, Comparative Politics and Civic Education.
Since 1997 Gärtner has been organizing courses for young persons affiliated to right wing extremist ideologies (in cooperation with the Higher Regional Court in Innsbruck).
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Günther Pallaver is Professor of Political Science and Head of the Department of Media, Society and Communication at the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences. Born in Bozen/Bolzano, doctor in philosophy (PhD) and doctor of civil and canon law (J.U.D), he studied in Innsbruck, Salzburg, Vienna, Verona and London. 1991 state examination of journalism in Rome, 1989-1995 journalist in Bozen/Bolzano. Since 1995 at the Departement of Political Science, University of Innsbruck. 1996 co-founder of the research team Mediawatch (Innsbruck/Vienna). Freelance collaborator with various print media and the RAI. Co-organisator of the Summer School on European Studies Innsbruck-Trento and the Winterschool on Federalism and Governance of the University of Innsbruck and Eurac Bozen/Bolzano.
Research fields: Comparative politics, political communication, federalism, (ethno)regional parties, ethnic minorities.
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Fritz Plasser received his PhD from the University of Vienna in 1974 and completed his Habilitation thesis in Political Science at the University of Innsbruck in 1986. As of 1993, he has been professor of Political Science at the University of Innsbruck and from 2006 to 2013 he held the position of Dean of the School of Political Science and Sociology.
In 2000/2001 he taught at the Graduate School of Political Management at the George Washington University in Washington, DC as Fahrenkopf-Mannat professor and was a Shorenstein Research Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA. Fritz Plasser has authored, co-authored and edited more than 35 books, many of which – such as "Global Political Campaigning" (2000) – have been translated into several languages.
His research interests include international trends in electoral competition, the political system of the United States, political communication, campaign research and election research and comparative political cultural studies. Within AUTNES, Fritz Plasser was the Principal Investigator of the Campaign Side subproject.
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1983 Doctorate`s Degree (Studies on History, Contemporary History and Psychologie), University of Salzburg; since 1987 Lecturer and Guest Professor at the Universities of Linz, Salzburg, Vienna and Klagenfurt. Since 1999 Venia/Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science, University of Innsbruck.
Since 1984 Researching and Project Managment (Jubiläumsfonds, Zukunftsfonds, FWF, Node Project). Writer and (Co-)Editor of 12 Books, half of them received inter/national awards (i.e. Bruno-Kreisky-Preis, US-Library Award).
Key Research Fields: Research on Minorities (esp. Roma), Migration, Ethnicity; Feminist Research.
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