Former Members and Emeriti

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APPELT Erna, Mag.a 

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DETERS Henning, Dr.

DETERS Henning

Henning Deters is an assistant professor at the Institute for Political Science of the University of Innsbruck. His research interest include the dynamics of multi-veto constellations and judicial politics in the EU. Substantively, he focuses on environment and single market policy.

Before starting at the Institute for Political Science, he worked at the Centre for European Integration Research (EIF, Uni Vienna). Henning Deters was trained as political scientist at the Bremen Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS), where he graduated with a doctoral thesis on EU environmental politics under the constraints of joint-decision making. The resulting book "The EU's Green Dynamism" was published with ECPR Press/Rowman & Littlefield.

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DHAWAN Nikita, Univ.-Prof. Dr. 

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EPPLER Annegret, Prof. Dr.

EPPLER Anne 2021Dr. Annegret Eppler is a lawyer and a political scientist (she studied in Tübingen, Germany, and Leuven, Belgium). From 2004 to 2007, she acted as the Scientific Coordinator of the European Centre for Research on Federalism Tübingen. Thereafter she worked from 2007 to 2010 as a research fellow in the section "Comparative Politics and European Integration" of the Institute for Political Science at the University of Tübingen, where she gained her PhD in 2010 with a thesis on the EU's influence on the federalism reform in Germany in various policy fields (e.g. environmental policy). From 2010 to 2013 she worked as post-doc research fellow at the Institute for Political Science at the University of Tübingen and from 2013 to 2017 at the Department of Political Science at the University of Innsbruck. Since 2017 she is Professor for Public Law at the University of Public Administration in Kehl.

Her research focuses on issues of transnational and supranational legitimacy, democracy, and parliaments in the EU system, in particular inter-parliamentary relations of parliaments in the EU multi-level parliamentary system. Current research concentrates on the theoretical conceptualization of European disintegration, the analysis of the conditions of European integration and disintegration, legitimacy and parliaments in the EU as well as comparative federalism research.

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ERNST Werner, Univ.-Prof. DDr. 

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GÄRTNER Reinhold, ao.Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. 

GÄRTNER ReinholdReinhold 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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GATT Sabine, Mag. PhD

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HAMED AdhamAdham Hamed is research fellow at the Unit for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Innsbruck, Austria. He is coordinator of the UNDP-funded project Education for Peace in the Iraqi Higher Education System and Co-Coordinator of the APPEAR-funded project HU-UIBK Partnership for Strengthening Institutional Capacity in Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation. He has worked as an university assistant in the field of political theory and history of political thought at the Department of Political Science.

Born in Innsbruck in 1988, with an Austrian-Egyptian family background, Adham Hamed was educated in Austria (University of Vienna and University of Innsbruck) and Costa Rica (United Nations mandated University for Peace), received an undergraduate degree in International Development from the University of Vienna and an MA Degree in Peace Studies from the University of Innsbruck. Since 2015 he has researched and lectured at the Department of Political Science. He is a doctoral candidate at the University of Innsbruck’s doctoral program Inequality and Difference in the Age of Globalization and pursues his PhD within the field of Contemporary History at the Faculty of Philosophy and History. Since 2012, his academic work has been mentored by Professor Wolfgang Dietrich.

He is a founder of the Many Peaces Magazine in 2014 and has five years of experience in editorial work in different roles from Coordinator and Editor to the position of Editor in Chief. Also he is a founding member of the Research Center for Peace and Conflict (InnPeace) at the University of Innsbruck, where he is affiliated to the research groups Peace Journalism and Peace Education in Societies in Transition.

Between 2012 and 2014 Adham Hamed has spent more than two years living in the Middle East, where he published his edited volume Revolution as a Process: The Case of the Egyptian Uprising. In 2016 he authored his first monograph Speaking the Unspeakable: Sounds of the Middle East Conflict. In his dissertation he focuses on the topic of Turning Points in Peace Processes. Currently he also works on the German translation of John Paul Lederach seminal work The Moral Imagination: The Art and Soul of Building Peace.

Hamed has been invited to write and comment on Peace and Conflict in the Middle East in various media outlets. His latest academic work includes a book chapter, entitled: “What the Hell has gone Wrong in Egypt” (forthcoming, 2019).

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HERRERA-VIVAR María Teresa, Mag.


María Teresa Herrera Vivar studied Ethnology at the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos in Lima and Sociology, Political Science and Pedagogy at Goethe University Frankfurt. From April 2016 to April 2020 she had worked as a scientific assistant at the Department of Political Science in the field of Political Theory and Gender Studies. Prior to that, she worked as a research assistant at the Department of Sociology at Goethe University (2008-2013) and was a doctoral fellow at the International PhD Programm „Democracy, Knowledge and Gender in a Transnational World“, Goethe University (2012-2015).

PhD project: „'We Act as if We Owned Documents': Activism of undocumented Latin American women in Germany“.

Her research and teaching interests include Gender and Queer Studies, Critical Citizenship Studies, decolonial/postcolonial feminist theories and methodologies, as well as Migration Studies.

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HUSSL Richard, Mag. Dr. 

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KARLHOFER Ferdinand, ao.Univ.-Prof. Dr.





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MAYRL Manuel, MA

MAYRL Manuel

Manuel Mayrl is a Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science and a staff member of the Research Information Unit at the University of Innsbruck.

In his Ph.D. project, he investigates how media shape citizens’ perceptions of coalition governments. Specifically, he will examine the content of intra-coalition conflict in print media coverage and its effects on citizens’ coalition preferences.

Manuel Mayrl holds bachelor’s degrees in Management and Economics as well as Political Science and a master’s degree in Gender, Culture and Social Change from the University of Innsbruck.

His research interests include political communication, public opinion, mass media coverage, and quantitative text analysis.

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NATTER Bernhard, Mag. Dr.

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NEISSER Heinrich, Univ.-Prof. Dr. 

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OPITZ Anja Dr.


Anja Opitz studied Political Science, Law and Economics at the University of Passau, where she also earned her M.A. and Ph.D. from. She composed her doctoral thesis on civil-military interaction within an integrated crisis management approach of the CSDP. Before moving to Innsbruck, she has been working as a political advisor at the German Bundestag (2003-2005). Dr. Opitz worked as a Post Doc at the Department of Political Science / University of Innsbruck.

Her teaching focuses on the European Integration Process and the Political System of the EU. She is also a Teaching Fellow at the Bundeswehr University of Munich and a Visiting Fellow at the Academy for Civic Education Tutzing .

Her research involves the analytical and practical debate on the development and operability of the Foreign, -Security and Defence Policy as well as the global role of the European Union in the area of conflict resolution.

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PALLAVER Günther, Univ.-Prof. DDr.


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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PALLI Ellen, Fachoberinspektorin

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PELINKA Anton, o.Univ.-Prof. Dr. 

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PLASSER Fritz, Univ.-Prof. Dr. 

PLASSER, FritzFritz 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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RASHKOVA-GERBRANDS, EkaterinaMore information about Ekaterina RASHKOVA-GERBRANDS:

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SEEBER Gilg, ao.Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr.

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TAUSCH Arno, PD Dr. 

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Arno Tausch was born on February 11, 1951 in Salzburg, Austria. He is currently Honorary Associate Professor of Economics, Corvinus University, Budapest, Hungary (since Fall Semester 2010) and Adjunct Professor (Universitaetsdozent) of Political Science at Innsbruck University, Department of Political Science (since 1988).

He served as an Austrian diplomat abroad and was Attaché, and later Counselor for Labor and Migration at the Austrian Embassy in Warsaw, 1992-1999. In his multiple academic assignments, stretching over a time span of four decades, he was first Assistant Professor and then Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Innsbruck University; Associate Visiting Professor of Political Science at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, 1990, and Guest Researcher, International Institute for Comparative Social Research, Science Center, West Berlin, upon invitation by the late Karl Wolfgang Deutsch, Stanfield Professor of International Peace at Harvard University (1981). Since 1978, he taught numerous regular courses in political science, economics and sociology at Universities in Austria, Hungary, Switzerland and in the United States.

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THURNER Erika, a.Univ.-Prof. Dr. 


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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UMEK Philipp, MA

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UNTERHUBER FlorianFlorian Unterhuber was university assistant (PhD) in the Department of Political Science. He obtained his Bachelor in Political Science and his Master in European and International Studies from the University of Innsbruck. Besides his activities as a teaching assistant, he worked on the submission of a funded research proposal on Sanction dynamics in the cases of North Korea, Iran and Russia with Univ.-Prof. Dr. Gerhard Mangott.

His research interests focus on international security studies and particularly on conflict studies and sanctions.

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Trix van Mierlo is writing her PhD at the Doctoral School Spheres of Governance: Institutions and Agency at the University of Innsbruck. Her research focuses on protest, contentious politics and social movement mobilization in consolidating democracies. She is doing a comparative study and is conducting fieldwork in three different subnational authoritarian enclaves. Furthermore, she teaches ‘Contentious Politics: Protestors and Rebels’.

Trix holds a master in Conflict Studies and Human Rights (University of Utrecht), for which she conducted fieldwork in Metro Manila, the Philippines in 2017. She thereby focused on causal mechanisms underlying social movement mobilization against extrajudicial killings in the ongoing war-on-drugs.

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von WERLHOF Claudia, o.Univ.-Prof. Dr. 

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WALTERSKIRCHEN JulianJulian Walterskirchen is a Project Assistant in the Department of Political Science where he supports Prof. Dr. Gerhard Mangott in implementing a research project on Sanction dynamics in the cases of North Korea, Iran and Russia: Objectives, Measures and Effects. He holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Innsbruck and a MSc in International Relations from the University of Essex.

Before joining the Department of Political Science, he worked as a consultant on the prevention of violent extremism for the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism in New York.

His research interests include Conflict and Security Studies, International Relations, quantitative methods, counter-terrorism and the prevention of violent extremism.

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WATANABE KoheiKohei Watanabe studied Literatur (BA) and Sociology (MA) at the Seikei University and Musashi University (both Tokyo, Japan). After that, he studied Political Science (MA) at the Central European University, Budapest. He earned his PhD in Social Research Methodology from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in 2017.

He worked as an entrepeneur and IT engineer until 2010. From 2014 to 2018 he was research assistant and research officer at the LSE and Oxford University. From 2018 to 2019 he has been Assistant Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study, Waseda University, Japan as well as Chief developer of the Quanteda Initiative, UK.

As of July 2019 he is postdoctoral researcher in the field of "Political Communication & Digital Complexity" at the University of Innsbruck.

His research interests include international communication, political communication, media globalization, digital methods and quantitative text analysis.

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WINTERSTEIGER MarioFrom April 2017 until September 2019, Mario Wintersteiger has had a scientific position at the Institute of Political Science. He contributed to the publication of the Austrian Journal of Political Science as the journal’s Managing Editor.

Academic short biography: studies of political science at the University of Salzburg (Master’s degree in 2007; Doctor’s degree in 2011); various scientific functions since 2005, including the following: lecturer for various institutes (political science, history) and study programs (including Bowling Green State University’s Academic Year Abroad) since 2009; 2016-2017 project administrator of the ‘Erasmus+’-project euroPS; guest seminars at the Cyril and Method University in Skopje and the Sarajevo School of Science and Technology in 2017; currently lecturer at the University of Salzburg and scientific assistant at the University of Innsbruck.

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