Our department members
Below you find all our department members with short information on the person and contact information in alphabetical order.


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    Nikita Dhawan, M.A. M.A. (Mumbai), Dr. phil. (Bochum), Professor of Political Theory and Gender Studies at the University of Innsbruck since 2014.

    2006/07 Maria-Goeppert-Mayer Guest Professor (Oldenburg), 2007 Post-Doc-Fellow at the International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture (Gießen), 2008 - 2014 Junior Professor of Political Science for Gender and Postcolonial Studies und 2008 - 2016 Director of the Frankfurt Research Center for Postcolonial Studies, Cluster of Excellence “The Formation of Normative Orders” , Goethe University Frankfurt. Visiting Scholar in Australia (Melbourne), Costa Rica (San José), South Africa (Johannesburg), South Korea (Pusan), Spain (Tenerife) and the USA (Berkeley, Columbia). Reviewer and member of the advisory board of several journals and research foundations.Research interests: Transnational Feminism, Global Justice, Human Rights, Democracy and Decolonization

    Mehr Informationen zu Nikita DHAWAN:
    phone: +43 512 507-70111
    fax: +43 512 507-70199
    room: w 2.44
    consultation hour: by agreement



    Programme Director

    Studies in Political Science, International Relations and Contemporary History at the Universities of Innsbruck and Vienna, Austria. 2008 Doctorate in Political Science/International Relations, University of Innsbruck Awarded with distinction. Since 2010 Assistant Professor for International Relations at the Department of Political Science.

    2004 Visiting Research Fellow at the German Orient Institute in Hamburg, 2005 GermanyVisiting Research Fellow at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik – SWP) in Berlin, Germany.

    Research Interests: International Relations, Foreign Policy Analysis, EU and US Foreign and Security Policy, Terrorism Research.

    More information about Franz EDER
    download: Curriculum Vitae
    e-Mail (dean of studies):
    phone: +43 512 507-70112
    fax: +43 512 507-70199
    room: w 2.51
    consultation hour: Thu 09:30-10:30 am (only with punctual notice in advance) 



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    Sabine Gatt studied Political Science (Mag.) and German Philology (Mag.). Since Oct. 2014 Scientific Project Assistant at the Department of Political Science. Mar. 2014 – Sept. 2014 Doctoral Fellowship funded by University of Innsbruck. Mar. 2012 – Feb. 2014 DOC - Junior Research Fellow at Research Platform Gender Studies (University of Innsbruck) funded by Austrian Academy of Sciences.

    PhD thesis (working title): „Symbolic Politics Matter“

    Research Interests: Gender Studies, Migration Studies, Language and Politics, Symbolic and Narrative Politics, Austrian Political System.

    More information about Sabine GATT:
    phone: +43 512 507-70115
    fax: +43 512 507-70199
    room: w 2.45

  • GÄRTNER Reinhold, ao.Univ.-Prof. Mag.Dr. (Deputy Head of Department)


    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 a.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).

    More information about Reinhold GÄRTNER:
    download: Curriculum Vitae | teaching | publications
    mobile: +43 680 204 75 64
    phone: +43 512 507-70116
    fax: +43 512 507-70199
    room: w 2.52
    consultation hour: Tue 10:00-11:00 am

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    GÖRÜS Yasemin:
    phone: +43 512 507-70101
    fax: +43 512 507-70199
    room: w 2.40

    Office hours

    Mo, Tue and Fr 10.00 - 12.00am
    Mo and Tue 1:30 - 3:00pm

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    Adham Hamed is a University assistant in the field of political theory and history of political thought.  

    He holds a Master’s degree in Peace and Conflict Studies and has studied at the University of Vienna, the United Nations mandated University for Peace and the University of Innsbruck. He recently completed his second book project ‘Speaking the Unspeakable: Sounds of the Middle East Conflict’. In 2013 and 2014 he lived in Cairo where he edited the book 'Revolution as a Process: The Case of the Egyptian Uprising'.

    In his dissertation ‘Immoral Imagination in the Tahrir Movement’ he focuses on the potentials of dystopia in conflict transformation within the socio-political context of the Egyptian protest movement.

    More Information about Adham HAMED:
    phone: +43 512 507-70135
    fax: +43 512 507-70199
    room: w 2.27
    consultation hour: registration per E-Mail

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    Lore Hayek is a Postdoc researcher at the Department of Political Science.

    She studied Political Science (Mag. phil.) at the University of Innsbruck and Social Research Methods (MSc) at the London School of Economics and Political Science. From 2009 to 2012 she was a Pre-doc Researcher with the Austrian National Election Study (AUTNES). In 2016 she obtained her PhD from the University of Innsbruck with a thesis on election posters in Austrian national elections between 1945 and 2013.

    Research interests: Political communication, Election campaigns, Political advertising, Quantitative research methods

    More Informationen about Lore HAYEK:
    phone.: +43 512 507-70137
    fax: +43 512 507-70199
    room: w 2.47
    consultation hour: Tue 2:00 - 3:00 pm registration per E-Mail

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    Ludger Helms, M.A. (Freiburg), Dr. phil. (Heidelberg), Habilitation (Humboldt, Berlin) has been Professor of Political Science and Chair of Comparative Politics at the University of Innsbruck since 2008. Between 1995 and 2007 he held positions or visiting positions at, inter alia, the University of Heidelberg, the University of Göttingen, Humboldt University, Harvard University, UC Berkeley, the London School of Economics, the University of Tokyo and the Central European University, Budapest. In 2011 he has been a Visiting Professor at the Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali, Rome, and in 2013 a Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences, Vienna, and at Barnard College/Columbia University, New York City. His research interests centre on comparative political institutions and the performance of prime ministers and presidents in liberal democracies. He is a co-editor of two major book series, and serves on the editorial/advisory boards of several international journals (Asian Journal of Comparative Politics, European Political Science, Government & Opposition, and Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft). His published work includes five books, seven edited volumes, more than 70 articles in learned journals and about 50 book chapters. He has been a referee for more than twenty international journals, several major publishers, and numerous research foundations.

    More information about Ludger HELMS:
    download: Curriculum Vitae
    phone: +43 512 507-70117
    fax: +43 512 507-70199
    room: w 2.42
    consultation hour: Tue 12:00 - 1:00 pm and by agreement

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    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. Since April 2016 she works 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.

    More information about María Teresa HERRERA-VIVAR:
    phone: +43 512 507-70128
    fax: +43 512 507-70199
    room: w 2.27

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    More information about Marcelo JENNY:
    phone: +43 512 507-70110
    fax: +43 512 507-70199
    room: w 2.53
    Publications: /politikwissenschaft/dokumente/pdf/mitarbeiter/mj_publications_website_eng.pdf
    consultation hour: Tue 4:00 - 5:00 pm

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

    More information about Ferdinand KARLHOFER:
    phone: +43 512 507-70100
    fax: +43 512 507-70199
    room: w 2.55

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    KLAUNZER Julia Anna:
    phone: +43 512 507-70102
    fax: +43 512 507-70199
    room: w 2.40

    Office hours

    Mo to Fr 10:00 -12:00am
    Mo to Thu 1:30 - 3:00pm

  • MANGOTT, Gerhard, ao.Univ.-Prof. Mag.Dr.

    Studies in Political Science, History and Slavonics at the Universities of Innsbruck and Salzburg with a special focus on Comparative Political Science (political systems of Eastern Europe and the USSR) and International Relations.

    Professor of Political Science at the University of Innsbruck since March 2003.

    Scientific Adviser on Post-Soviet Affairs at the Austrian Institute for International Affairs (oiip) in Vienna since February 2009.

    October 1991–June 2008 Permanent and Senior Research Fellow on Eastern Europe and the former USSR at the Austrian Institute for International Affairs (OIIP) in Vienna.

    Lecturer at the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna since 1995.

    Main Research Areas
    Russia and Ukraine: domestic politics; foreign and security policies
    EU Energy Security with a special emphasis on the gas sector (upstream and midstream business)
    Strategic Arms Control and WMD Proliferation

    Selected Memberships
    Member of the Advisory Board of the ‘International Center for advanced and comparative EU-Russia/NIS research’ (ICEUR) in Vienna since 2008.

    Member of the Advisory Board of the ‘Österreichische Gesellschaft für Europapolitik‘ (Austrian Association for European Politics’) since 2007.

    Member of the ‘International Advisory Board’ and the ‘Editorial Committee’ of ‘Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics and Society’ since 2007.

    Member of the International Security Research Group (ISRG).

    Member of the Editorial Board of the “Österreichische Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft” (OeZP).

    Member of the Advisory Council of the „Paul Lazarsfeld-Gesellschaft.

    Member of the Advisory Council on the Black Sea Region for the University of Applied Sciences in Vienna since June 2010.

    Reviewer for the ‘Economic and Social Research Council’ (ERSC), the ‘Volkswagenstiftung’, the 'Schweizerische Nationafonds zur Förderung der Wissenschaftlichen Forschung', the ‘Jubiläumsfonds’ of the Austrian National Bank (OenB), the journals ‘Geopolitics’ and ‘Österreichische Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft' (Austrian Journal on Political Science).

    More information about Gerhard MANGOTT:
    phone: +43 512 507-70118
    fax: +43 512 507-70199
    room: w 2.37
    consultation hour: registration per e-mail

  • MAURER, Andreas, Dr.

    Andreas Maurer, Diploma in Political Science (Francfurt/Main), MA / D.E.E.A. (College of Europe, Bruges), Dr.rer.soc. (Giessen); Professor for Political Science and European Integration studies. Previously Senior Research Fellow at the Institut for European Politics, Bonn (1994-1997), the Jean-Monnet-Chair for Political Science at the University of Cologne (1997-2001), the Trans European Policy Studies Association - TEPSA, Brussels (1999-2001), and the German Institute for International and Security Policy, Berlin (2001-2013). Lecturer and Visiting Professor at the Universities of Osnabrück, Bonn and Cologne. Science Award of the German Bundestag (2003) and Media Award of the Foreign Press Corps in Germany, Berliin (2007). Member of the European Parliament's Task Force on the Intergovernmental Conference (1996/1997), Adviser to the European Constitutional Convention's working groups on "national parliaments" and on "subsidiarty (2001-2002), the Conference of Speakers of EU Parliaments, and the Conference of EU Affairs Committees (COSAC). Expert Witness and Adviser of the European Parliament (since 1995), national parliaments of the EU (since 2001) and the German Constitutional Court (2010). Detached (2007-2008) and Contractual (2009-2011) Administrator of the European Parliament's Committee on International Trade, Fellow of the Commission President's Bureau of European Policy Advisers, Senior Fellow of TEPSA, Board Member of ECSA-Germany, the Institute for European Politics and the Arctic Forum Foundation.

    More information about Andreas MAURER:
    phone: +43 512 507-70119
    fax: +43 512 507-70199
    room: w 2.50
    consultation hour: by agreement

  • NATTER, Bernhard, Dr.

    Geb. 1954;

    Studium der Anglistik und Germanistik an der Universität Innsbruck (Mag.phil., Dr. phil.); Deutschlehrer in Leeds und AHS-Lehrer in Tirol; Mitarbeiter am Institut für Politikwissenschaft der Universität Innsbruck seit 1984; seit 1991 Bundeslehrer im Hochschuldienst; Mitherausgeber von "erziehung heute"

    Forschungsschwerpunkte: Politische Bildung; Schulpolitik

    More information about Bernhard NATTER:
    phone: +43 512 507-70120
    fax: +43 512 507-70199
    room: w 2.45
    consultation hour: Tue 12:00-1:00 pm

  • PALLAVER, Günther, Univ.-Prof.DDr.

    Pallaver, Günther, born in Bozen/Bolzano (1955), doctor of philosophy (PhD) and doctor of civil and canon low (J.U.D), is professor of Political Science. He studied in Innsbruck, Salzburg, Vienna, Verona and London. 1991 state examination of journalism in Rome, 1989-1995 journalist. Since 1995 at the University of Innsbruck.

    Visiting professor at the Universities of Trento and Bolzano/Bozen. 1996 co-founder of the research team Mediawatch (Innsbruck) for media monitoring and media analysis. Freelance collaborator with various print media and the RAI. Co-organisator of the Summer School in European Studies Innsbruck-Trento. Member of the Advisory Board of Contemporary Austrian Studies (Innsbruck-New Orleans) and member of the European Centre for Research on Federalism (University of Tübingen).

    Research fields: Comparative politics, political communication, federalism, ethnic minorties and (ethno)regional parties.

    More information about Günther PALLAVER:
     download: publications
    phone: +43 512 507-70121
    fax: +43 512 507-70199
    room: w 2.54
    consultation hour: Tue 12:30-1:00 pm or by telephone agreement

  • PALLI, Ellen

    PALLI Ellen, Fachoberinspektorin:
    phone: +43 512 507-70101
    fax: +43 512 507-70199
    room: w 2.43
    Office hours
    Mo to Fr 10 - 12am
    Mo to Th 1:30 - 3:00pm


    RIEDL Riedl (maternity leave):





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

    Studium der Mathematik an den Universitäten Innsbruck und Linz, post-graduales Studium am Institut für Höhere Studien in Wien; Habilitation für das Fach Statistik; Forschungs- und Lehrtätigkeit u.a. an den Universitäten München, Wien, Florida, Harvard und Minnesota; seit 2006 am Institut für Politikwissenschaft

    Forschungsschwerpunkte: statistische Methoden in den Sozialwissenschaften, Wahlen, öffentliche Meinung

    More information about Gilg SEEBER:
    phone: +43 512 507-70123
    fax: +43 512 507-70199
    room: w 2.49
    consultation hour:  appointment per E-Mail

  • SENN Martin, Ass.-Prof. Dr. (Head of Department)

    SENN, Martin,Ass.-Prof. Dr.

    Martin Senn studied Political Science and English at the universities of Vienna and Innsbruck. In 2008, he completed his doctorate at the University of Innsbruck, where he also habilitated in 2015. Martin Senn is currently employed as an associate professor of international relations at the Department of Political Science and as a guest lecturer at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna. He is the deputy head of the Research platform "Organizations & Society" and, since 2013, Research coordinator at the Innsbruck School of Political Science and Sociology.

    In his research Martin Senn focuses on (Critical) Security Studies, international order, ideas and ideational change, political communication and the (non-)proliferation of nuclear weapons. 

    More information about Martin SENN:
    phone: +43 512 507-70124
    fax: +43 512 507-70199
    room: w 2.39
    consultation hour: Mo, 2:00 - 3:30 pm, registration per

  • TRAWEGER, Christian, Ass.-Prof. Dr.

    Dr.rer.soc.oec., born.1958. studied in Innsbruck, 1985-2005 Department of Statistics, since 2005 Department of Political Science - Data Science Unit. 1995 Founder and since 1996 advisor of “Institut für Marktforschung und Datenanalysen” (Market Research Company IMAD: ); 1992-2009 Director of the ASEA-Uninet Summerschools in Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia und Philippines (Asian Studies Programs. Since 2009 Coordinator Summerschools Asia for Philippines (summerschool February) and Vietnam (summerschool September). Since 2005 Honorary Consul of the Philippines ( ); Guestprofessor and Visiting Professor at the University of New Orleans, University of the Philippines in Manila and at the University of San Carlos in Cebu, Philippinen.

    Research: empirical social research, market research, polls, exit polls, political advising, campaigning, statistical data analysis; biostatistic research.

    More information about Christian TRAWEGER:
    website: Personal website
    phone: +43 512 507-70126
    fax: +43 512 507-70199
    room: w 2.23
    consultation hour: Tuesday 2:30pm

  • WILLUMSEN David, Dr. (Programme Director)


    David Willumsen studied Political Science and European Politics at the London School of Economics. In 2013 he received his PhD in Political Science from the European University Institute, Florence, on the topic of party unity in European legislatures, having spent four months as an exchange student at ETH Zürich in 2011. In 2012-2013, he taught European Politics and worked as a researcher at the University of Zurich (NCCR Democracy). From July 2013 to September 2016, he worked as a post-doctoral fellow on the DFG-funded project "Staggered membership renewal and differential time horizons in second chambers", at the Chair of Prof. Dr. Goetz. Research interests: Political Parties, Legislative Studies (in particular party unity), EU Politics, Electoral Studies, Quantitative Methods.

    More information about David WILLUMSEN:
    phone.: +43 512 507-70122
    room: w 2.38
    consultation hour: wed, 2.00 - 3.00 pm (only with punctual notice in advance)