Staff of the Department of Political Science

The team of scientific and administrative colleagues at the department.

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Work and Research fields
Bohle, DorotheeCentral and Eastern European economy and politics; Comparative political economy (varieties of capitalism, institutional political economy, welfare states, industrial relations, housing finance regimes); International political economy (European integration, financialisation)
Boos, TobiasPolitics and Populism in Latin America, Middle Class in Latin America, Political Economy, State theory of the Global South, Political Theory
Brad, AlinaInternational envrionmental and resource politics, political ecology, politics of scale, socio-ecological conflicts, regional focus: South East Asia
Brand, Ulrich
International politics and crisis of globalisation; international climate, environmental and resource policy; civil society; trade unions and social movements; imperial mode of living; socio-ecological transformation; Latin America
Brogat, Emmanuelle
(currently on leave)
Research Administration and coordination, ERC Research Project MARIPOLDATA
Deters, Henning
EU Judicial Politics, EU Environmental and Climate Policy, EU Single Market Policy, Regional Parliaments in the EU
Drgac, Deborah
Social science reasearch, Health related studies in all policies, qualitative research
Dursun, AyseFeminist Theory, Policies of Gender Equality, Intersecionality, Social movements, Migration
Egger, ManuelaStudies Service Unit Political Science
El-Sayed, SeliemComparative political and legal studies, regulation and governance, public policy, big data and artificial intelligence, data protection and privacy, anti-discrimination, Computational Social Science
Erdmann, Madita(Intersectional) feminist and postcolonial theories of International Relations, Eurocentrism and Racism in International Relations, critical security and border studies, critical migration studies, regional interests: Indian subcontinent, Kashmir
Falkner, Gerda
(Head of the EIF – Centre for European Integration Research)
European Integration, Europeanisation, Problems with transposition and application of EU law, The EU’s social dimension and anti-discrimination policy
Fankhauser, IngridCoordinator of the Research Network Latin America studies
Flatscher, MatthiasPolitical Theory, Language and Social Philosophy, Political Ideas, Democracy Theories and Discourses of Alterity
Fridrik, StefanieInstitutional Critique (main focus on the museum), postcolonial theory and decolonization of hegemonial structures, discourse analysis, qualitative methods, research field: conflict theory, agonistic democracy theory and art and cultural policy in Austria
Fuhrmann, Phoebe RuthResearch Administration and coordination, ERC Research Project MARIPOLDATA
Gmoser, Susanne
Administrative staff of the Department
Gold-Ponesch, Sarah Feminism, academia and motherhood as situated knowledges; (queer)feminist science and technology studies; resilience and security; critical feminist and security studies; (queer)feminist and postcolonial theories in International Relations; homonationalism and orientalism in Western Europe
Graf, IreneStudies Service Unit Political Science
Grahofer, JuttaStudies Service Unit Political Science
Hadj-Abdou, LeilaMigration governance, Migration politics, European Union politics, Immigration and immigrant integration policies, and the populist radical right.
Hasenauer, AnnaStudent research assistant in the research project Cultures of Rejection (CuRe)
Heidebrecht, SebastianEU policies for the digital age, EU digital single market, Economic governance and the Eurozone, Working conditions of platform workers
Josipovic, IvanEuropean and national asylum policy, migration and border regimes, empirical social research
Kathan, Michaela Department coordinator, administrative staff of the Department
Kettner, Verena Feminist Political Theories, Queertheory, Affects and Emotions, Body Politics, Feminist Political Economy
Kieslich, Katharina
(currently on leave)
Comparative health policy; comparative public policy; health priority setting and rationing; health technology assessment; social values in health priority setting; public participation in health care decision-making.
Klausner, Nicolas
IT representative - Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology & Department of Political Science
Köpl, ReginaFeminist Science Criticism, Politics of Gender Relations, Subjectivity and Subject Concept, Industrial Culture, Media-Power-Society
Kraus Witzel, KyraAdministrative staff of the Department
Krischek, CarolineAdministrative staff of the Department
Langlet, ArneInternational and European environmental policy, the political economy of environmental and climate policy and the study of international institutions and regimes
Liebhart, Karin
(Senior Lecturer)
Visual Political Communication; Discursive and Visual Representations of Politics; Rightwing Populism and Rightwing Extremism; Gender Studies; Memory Politics and Remembrance Cultures; Qualitative Methods
Liepold, Mira
Project employee in the research project Migrant Children and Communities in a Transforming Europe (MiCREATE)
Marchart, Oliver
(Deputy Head of Department)
Political theory, social theory, democracy theory, history of political ideas, social movement research, political discourse analysis
Meissner-Schoeller, KatharinaEU trade policy, EU relations with South America and Southeast Asia, inter-regionalism
Melchior, Josef
(Director of Studies - Political Science Directorate of Studies)
The Political System of the European Union, Europeanization Research, Inequality and Democracy
Menkovski, BojanStudies Service Unit Political Science
Modelhart, AntoniaMedical Anthropology, Science and Technology Studies, Assisted reproductive technologies and antibiotic resistance, qualitative methods
Mrovlje, MašaContemporary and International Political Theory, Political Judgement, Narrative, Politics of Memory, Complexities of Resistance, Disappointment and Betrayal in Resistance Movements
Müller, PatrickEuropean Integration, European Union´s International Relations, The EU´s role in Global Governance, The EU´s Common Foreign and Security Policy, EU-Mediterranean Relations, Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Naue, Ursula
(Senior Lecturer)
Disability Politics and Policies, Politics of Dementia and Age(ing), Participation Research, Inclusion Research
Obendiek, Anke
EU policies for the digital age, Internet governance, Digital capitalism, Data governance, International Political Sociology
Opratko, BenjaminRacism and Islamophobia; Right wing populism; Critical Political Theory, Gramscian theories of Hegemony; International Political Economy
Paul, Katharina T. Health Policy, Vaccination Policy, Regulation, Medical & Biopolitics, Critical Policy Analysis, Interpretative Policy Research
Pichelstorfer, AnnaHealth Policy, Biopolitics, Global Health, Science and Democracy, Participation
Pot, Mirjam Interpretative Policy Research, Critical Policy Analysis, Qualitative Methods, Health Policy, Personalized Medicine, Theories and Practices of Solidarity
Prainsack, Barbara
(Head of Department)
Health policy; practices, institutions and politics of solidarity; political, social and ethical aspects of Personalised Medicine; data-rich practices in science and medicine; regulation of DNA technologies in medicine and forensics; comparative science & technology policy
Preiser, Anna
Resource and environmental policy, socio-ecological conflicts, Political Ecology, Political Economy, regional focus: Latin America
Pribersky, Andreas
Visual Studies, Political Symbols and Rituals, Visual Policy, Eastern European Studies, EU Enlargement, Political Cultures, Comparative Political Science, Political Anthropology
Radhuber, IsabellaGlobal inequalities; Environmental, climate and resource politics; Decolonization, postcolonialism and broader questions of societal democratization; Regional focus: Latin America; Social and political dynamics during the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe and Latin America
Radl, MarleneFeminist Political Economy, Feminist State Theory, Mediapopulism
Raffa, MonjaStudies Service Unit Political Science
Rajic, DanijelaAdministrative staff of the Department
Rosenberger, SieglindeInclusion and Exclusion in the context of Migration, Austrian Politics and Europeanization, Governance and Differences/Diversity, Political Participation and Protest
Ruiz R., Silvia C.International Environmental Policy, International Marine Protection, Pnternational Political Economy
Saxinger, Gertrude
Qualitative, ethnographic and decolonial research methods; solidarity in times of a pandemic; social perspectives, in/justice and solidarity in the context of extractive industries and ‘green transition’; Russian and Canadian Arctic and sub-Arctic
Sauer, Birgit
(Vice-Director of Studies - Social Sciences Directorate of Doctoral Studies)
Gender and Politics, Political Representation of Women, Critical State, Governance and Democracy Studies, Gender and Governance, Politics and Emotions, Right-wing populism
Schad-Spindler, AnkeCultural policy, cultural management, funding for arts and culture, cultural education, international cultural cooperation, deliberative democracy theory, qualitative research methods, evaluation of cultural projects
Research field: conflict theory, agonistic democracy theory and art and cultural policy in Austria
Scheibenpflug, Valerie
Political Theory and History of Political Ideas, Boundaries, Crisis, Collective Action, Radical Democracy, Discourse Analysis, Feminist Theory
Schlogl, Lukas

Comparative policy analysis in the context of economic and technological change; the future of work; post-industrialisation; development policy; Southeast Asia;
additional media expertise: automation, technological change and labour, development and economic policy, digitalisation, (de)industrialisation, country focus: South East Asia

Schoeller, MagnusEU economic and monetary policy, Eurozone crisis management, Germany and Franco-German relationship in E(M)U, the European Parliament in EU policies
Schraik, ElkeEU policies tackling digital divides, i.e. policies addressing: the competition for global digital leadership; differences in access and use of the digital media between regions, countries and people
Schreier, StefanAdministrative staff of the Department
Seidl, TimoComparative Political Economy of Digital Capitalism, Digital Policymaking in the EU, Ideational Explanations, Text-as-Data
Slominski, Peter
(Vice-Director of Studies - Political Science Directorate of Studies)
European Integration with focus on EU energy policy, the EU's fight against climate change
Spahl, WandaSocial Policy, Public Health, Citizenship Studies, Qualitative Methods, Migration Studies
Sowa, FlorianAdministrative staff of the EIF – Centre for European Integration Research
Tessnow-von Wysocki, InaInternational Cooperation, Environmental Policy, Marine Plastic Pollution
Thiele, DanielCritical theory, gender studies, right-wing populism, political communication, quantitative methods
Tolochko, PetroStatistical modelling, text-as-data methodology and social network analysis
Übleis-Lang, MagdalenaFeminist political science, gendered dimensions of neoliberal politics, gender-based violence, social policy
Vadrot, AliceGlobal Environmental Politics, Practices, discourses and institutions in international biodiversity politics, Institutions interfacing science and policy & global environmental assessments, Knowledge and power in intergouvernemental negotiations, Conflicts over the legitimacy of scientific and non-scientific environmental knowledge in international politics
Varabyeu Kancelová, NatáliaAdministration Research Platform Governance of digital practices & Administrative staff of the Department
Wolkenstein, FabioDemocratic Theory, Political Parties and Representation, Political Ideologies (esp. Christian Democracy and Social Democracy)
Wolter, StellaCollective Identity, Intersectionality, Migration, Postcolonial Theory, Theories of Power and Governance
Zardo, FedericaEU neighbourhood policy, EU development policy (especially towards the Mediterranean and the Middle East); EU democracy promotion (Arab countries); EU migration policy
Zeller, FlorianRight Wing Extremism Research, Gender and Politics and Political Theory