Research Areas by Units

German Politics/Political Sociology
Head: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Kai Arzheimer

  • German Politics
  • Voting behaviour and political attitudes in comparative perspective
  • Right-wing extremism
  • Research methods in political science, particularly multi-level modeling, structural equation modeling, and social network analysis
  • European Politics
  • Demographic change


Comparative Politics
Head: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Edeltraud Roller

  • welfare state cultures
  • consolidation of democracy in Central and Eastern Europe
  • political support of national governments and the EU
  • performance of democracies and challenges caused by globalization processes


International Relations
Head: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Arne Niemann

  • political economy of international relations
  • European integration
  • theory of international relations


Political Theory
Head: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Ruth Zimmerling

  • epistemology of the social sciences
  • analytical and theoretical foundations of empirical political science
  • political philosophy, history of political ideas
  • liberal democracy, social justice, and the rule of law

Politics and Economy
Head: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Claudia Landwehr


Methods of Empirical Political Science
Head: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Thorsten Faas