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  • Dr. Rolf Frankenberger
  • born in 1974
  • married
  • 4 children


University Education / Work Experience:

  • Since 2016: Senior Lecturer and Researcher (Akademischer Rat) at the Political Science Institute, University of Tuebingen.
  • Since 2009: Lecturer, Student Advisor at the Political Science Institute, University of Tuebingen (Research Group Political Economy and Policy Analysis)
  • 2007: Doctoral Thesis: “Gesellschaft – Individuum – Gouvernementalität”
  • Since 2007: Free-Lancer in creating knowledge (in addition my regular job at Tübingen University)
  • 2004-2006: Additional Qualifications: Baden-Wuerttemberg-Certificate for academic teaching
  • Since 2003: Assistant Professor (Akademischer Mitarbeiter) at the Political Science Institute, University of Tuebingen ( Political Culture / Political Psychology / Central Eastern Europe)
  • 1997-2003: Studies of Political Science, Sociology, Psychology at the University of Tuebingen, Germany (M.A. Political Science in 2003)

Research Interests:

  • Transitology, Authoritarian Regimes
  • Political Culture / Consumer Culture
  • Populism
  • Political Systems in Eastern Europe and the Postsoviet States
  • Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods
  • Political Theory, especially postmodern and poststructuralist theory
  • Political Psychology

Research Projects on:

  • Political Culture
  • Lifeworld and Democracy
  • Local Politics
  • Leadership Ethics

Teaching Activities since 2003: University

  • Seminars on the Political System of the Russian Federation
  • Seminars on Political Theory, especially Power, Postmodernity and Transitology
  • Seminars on “Introduction to the studies of political science”
  • Seminars on Michel Foucault and the Governmentality-Studies
  • Seminars and Lectures on Research Methods in Political Science
  • Lehrforschungsprojekt I+II (Special 2-Semester course for B.A. Students, including their research project and B.A. thesis)

Teaching and Coaching Activities since 2003: University and beyond

  • Coaching in presentational skills
  • Seminars and Presentations in adult education, e.g. on the Political System of Russia, Political Parties, Populism and Extremism, the Inuit, and …


  • International Political Sicence Association (IPSA)
  • Deutsche Vereinigung für Politische Wissenschaft (DVPW) – German Political Science Association


  • Spokesperson of the AK “Vergleichende Diktatur und Extremismusforschung” of the DVPW (since 2009).
  • Member of the Executive Board of the DVPW (2015-2016).
  • Member of the Scientific Advisory Board to the State Councillor for Civil Society and Participation in Baden-Wuerttemberg, Gisela Erler (Since 2017).
  • Member of the Advisory Board for Civil Society and Participation in Baden-Wuerttemberg (Since 2017).

For a list of publications, follow the link.


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