Staff of the Department of Political Science

The team of scientific and administrative colleagues at the department.

Work and Research fields
Aprent, PatrickProject employee in the research project "Commemoration Year 2018: Past in the Focus of Political and Public Communication"
Bargetz, BrigitteGender and Politics, Critical Science Literacy, Affect Studies, Theories of Everyday Life, Queer Feminist Theories, Cultural Studies, Democracy Theory and Political Theory
Bergmann, AstridFeminist Theory, Feminist Political Economy, Political Theory
Bernhardt, PetraVisual Political Communication, Strategic Communication, Political Advertising and Branding, Photojournalism, Iconographies of Terror and Violence, Qualitative Visual Methods
Brad, AlinaInternational envrionmental and resource politics, political ecology, politics of scale, socio-ecological conflicts, regional focus: South East Asia
Brand, Ulrich
(Head of Department, currently on scientific leave)
International Politics, Critical State, Governance and Globalization Studies, International Political Ecology, Economic Policy, Environmental Policy, Democracy Theory and Political Theory
Brogat, Emmanuelle
Research Administration and coordination, ERC Research Project MARIPOLDATA
Buschmann, Dovaine
International Political Economy, Financialization Research, Feminist Political Theories, Critical Policy Analysis
Chmilewski, KatjaFeminist Political Theories, Labor and Social Policy, Social Movements
Dalpra, ElioResearch interests include human rights and fundamental freedoms – especially freedom of expression and freedom of the arts, constitutional law, parliamentary systems, political participation and protest
Deters, HenningEU law and policy-making in fiscal, environmental and energy policy issues; the EU's internal market and social regulation
Dursun, AyseProject employee, research project MICREATE - Migrant Children and Communities in a Transforming Europe
Egger, ManuelaStudies Service Unit Political Science
Ehs, TamaraSocial issues of democracy and the rule of law, constitutional jurisdiction, direct and participatory democracy, legal and historical foundations of European integration (in particular ECJ)
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, IngridAdministrative employee, research group Latin American studies
Flatscher, MatthiasPolitical Theory, Language and Social Philosophy, Political Ideas, Democracy Theories and Discourses of Alterity
Fossati, FlaviaSocial, labour market and migration policy; labour market integration and discrimination research, social policy preferences and electoral behaviour, survey experiments
Gebh, SaraPolitical Theory and the History of Political Ideas: Democratic Theory, Democracy and Conflict, Theories of Resistance, (Civil) Disobedience and Protest, Theories of the State of Exception, Theories of Constituent Power, Ancient Political Thought
Gmoser, Susanne Administrative staff of the Department
Graf, IreneStudies Service Unit Political Science
Grahofer, JuttaStudies Service Unit Political Science
Haselbacher, MiriamMigration Policy, Integration Research
Hasenöhrl, Syntia
(currently on leave)
Gender and Politics, Mobility Studies, Diaspora Politics, Postcolonial Studies, Critical Discourse Studies
Hattmannsdorfer, HelenaMigration Policy, Integration Research, European and National Asylum Politics, Ethnography, Gender Studies
Hinterberger, Kevin FredyAustrian and European Migration and Asylum Law, Administrative Law, Constitutional Law, particularly Fundamental Rights, Comparative Public Law
Högelsberger, Heinz Project employee in the research project "Social-Ecological Transformation: Industrial Conversion and the Role of Labor (CON-LABOR)"
Kathan, Michaela Organizational Assistant, administrative staff of the Department
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.
Köpl, ReginaFeminist Science Criticism, Politics of Gender Relations, Subjectivity and Subject Concept, Industrial Culture, Media-Power-Society
Krams, MathiasSocial Movements, Resistance, Space, Conflict, Political Ecology, Climate and Energy Policies, Materialist State Theory
Krischek, CarolineAdministrative staff of the Department
Landkammer, NoraProject employee, research project Making Democracy. Negotiating Freedom, Equality and Solidarity among Adolescents
Liebhart, Karin
(Senior Lecturer, Vice-Director of Studies)
Visual Politics and Visual Cultures; Political Communication and Campaigning; Discursive and Visual Representations of Politics; Right-wing Populism, Right-wing Extremism, Anti-pluralistic Politics; Memory politics; Gender Studies; Qualitative Methods in Social Research
Loschi, ChiaraEU border management policies and implementation, EU migration policy, fundamental rights, MENA region and eastern Europe migration policies
Maneka, DanyalInternational political economy, critical studies of the European Union, materialist state- and social theory, feminist theory
Marchart, OliverPolitical Theory, Theory of Society, Theory of Democracy, History of Political Ideas, Social Movement Research, Precariousness Research, Political Discourse Analysis
Meissner, KatharinaEU trade policy, EU relations with South America and Southeast Asia, inter-regionalism
Melchior, Josef
(Director of Studies)
The Political System of the European Union, Europeanization Research, Inequality and Democracy
Menkovski, BojanStudies Service Unit Political Science
Moder, ClaraCivil society, social movements, democracy, transition processes, Central and Eastern Europe
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
Novak, ChristophCritical migration research; Empirical social research; Feminist, postmigration and postcolonial studies; Critical whiteness studies; Racism
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
Penz, Otto Sociology of the Body, Beauty and Emotions, Sociology of Sport, Sociology of Work, Political Sociology
Pichelstorfer, Anna Biopolitics, science and democracy, health policy, participation
Plattner, Georg Populism, Radical Right, European Parliament, Common Security and Defence Policy, Policy Change, Common Foreign and Security Policy
Pot, Mirjam Interpretative Policy Research, Critical Policy Analysis, Qualitative Methods, Health Policy, Personalized Medicine, Theories and Practices of Solidarity
Prainsack, Barbara
(Deputy 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
Pranzl, JoachimPolitical Participation, Democracy, Democratic Innovations, Southeastern Europe, Southeastern European History
Pribersky, Andreas
Visual Studies, Political Symbols and Rituals, Visual Policy, Eastern European Studies, EU Enlargement, Political Cultures, Comparative Political Science, Political Anthropology
Raffa, MonjaStudies Service Unit Political Science
Rajal, ElkePolitics of the past, anti-Semitism, National Socialism and the Shoah, education (political education, holocaust education, critical education on anti-Semitism and racism, pedagogy of migration)
Rajic, DanijelaAdministrative staff of the Department
Riesinger, KatharinaProject assistant in the research project KNOW-VACC: Knowledge production and governance in vaccination policy. A comparison of vaccination registries in Austria and the Netherlands.
Rosenberger, Sieglinde
(Deputy Head of Department, managing)
Inclusion and Exclusion in the context of Migration, Austrian Politics and Europeanization, Governance and Differences/Diversity, Political Participation and Protest
Sauer, Birgit
(Vice Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences)
Gender and Politics, Political Representation of Women, Critical State, Governance and Democracy Studies, Gender and Governance, Politics and Emotions, Right-wing populism
Schlögl, LukasComparative policy in the context of economic and technological change; the future of work; postindustrialisation; development policy; Southeast Asia
Schneider, EtienneInternational Relations, International Political Economy, Eurozone crisis, European economic and monetary integration, Monetary Policy, Industrial Policy
Schoeller, MagnusEU economic and monetary policy, Eurozone crisis management, Germany and Franco-German relationship in E(M)U, the European Parliament in EU policies
Schreier, StefanAdministrative staff of the Department
Schweitzer, ReinhardMigration and integration, citizenship and belonging, asylum and migration policy (making), irregular migration, critical border studies, migration and fundamental rights
Seisl, BenediktPolitical Theory, Theory of Democracy, Political Economy, European Integration and Europeanization
Slominski, PeterEuropean 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
Spöri, TobiasPolitical Participation, Political Socialization, Eastern Europe, Legacy of State Socialism, Transformation Processes
Spurny, KatharinaAdministrative staff of the Department
Sowa, FlorianAdministrative staff of the EIF – Centre for European Integration Research
Stachowitsch, SaskiaCritical Security and Military Studies, Feminist and postcolonial International Relations, Security privatization, private security and military companies, Gender, Security and Military; Integration of women in the military , EU Border Security, transnational actors (e.g. Frontex), Parliamentarianism, Antisemitism and political Jewish history in Austria
Stadlmair, JeremiasCitizenship, Austrian Politics, political participation, direct democracy, politics of inclusion/exclusion, immigrant integration
Stiegler, Josefa MariaCritical Security Studies, Feminist International Relations, Security and Gender, Urban Dimensions of Security and Militarization of Urban Spaces, Feminist Urban Studies
Thiele, DanielCritical theory, gender studies, right-wing populism, political communication, quantitative methods
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
Wolter, StellaMigration, Postcolonial Theory, Theories of Power and Governance
Wullweber, JoschaInternational Political Economy; economic- and financial policy; central bank politics; global governance; theories of IPE; theories of money; globalisation and democracy; political science methods; innovation- and technology policies
Zardo, FedericaEU neighbourhood policy, EU development policy (especially towards the Mediterranean and the Middle East); EU democracy promotion (Arab countries); EU migration policy
Zeller, FlorianProject employee, research project Cultures of Rejection (CuRe)
Zhurzhenko, TatianaTransformation processes in Eastern Europe, especially Ukraine and Russia, with foci on nation and state building, identity- and memory politics, gender studies, as well as border and regional studies