PhD Supervisors



Hertie School Faculty

  • Helmut K. Anheier 

    Senior Professor of Sociology, past President

    Civil society, philanthropy and non-profit organization; governance and governance indicators; cultural policy

  • Johanna Arlinghaus (as of 1 September 2024)

    Assistant Professor of Economics and Sustainability | Centre for Sustainability

    Applied microeconomics; fiscal policy, financial markets and climate policy; economics of greenhouse gas removal

  • Joanna Bryson

    Professor of Ethics and Technology | Centre for Digital Governance

    National and transnational governance and policy for technology, particularly digital technologies; computation and artificial intelligence as utilities; economic and social impacts of digital and communication technologies, including variation in public goods investment, polarisation; transparency for AI regulation

  • Mark Dawson

    Professor of European Law and Governance | Director, Jacques Delors Centre

    EU governance and regulation; fundamental rights; EU constitutional law; the European Court of Justice; EU social law and policy; Economic and Monetary Union; accountability; the rule of law

  • Drew Dimmery (as of January 2024)

    Professor of Data Science for the Common Good

    Data science; computational social science; causal inference and experiments; applications of data science and machine learning; development and evaluation of methods in experiments and causal inference

  • Ruth Ditlmann

    Professor of Social Psychology

    The social psychology of intergroup relations; intergroup contact; anti-bias and micro-level peacebuilding interventions; dyadic processes in intergroup dialogues; implicit motives; social impact and the use of evidence in the third sector

  • Anita Gohdes

    Professor of International and Cyber Security | Centre for International Security

    Political violence; empirical studies of conflict processes; empirical studies of human rights; topics related to the role of communication technology and social media in contentious processes; cyber conflict and cyber war

  • Gerhard Hammerschmid

    Professor of Public and Financial Management | Centre for Digital Governance

    Public management (reform); government digitalization; AI in government; public sector innovation; HRM and performance management in the public sector; organisation theory

  • Anke Hassel

    Professor of Public Policy | Jacques Delors Centre

    Comparative political economy; varieties of capitalism; labour and trade unions; EU labour migration and labour market policy; digital transformation and the future of work

  • Lion Hirth

    Professor of Energy Policy | Centre for Sustainability

    Energy economics and policy, in particular economics of renewables; electricity markets; energy system modeling

  • Marina Henke

    Professor of International Relations | Director, Centre for International Security

    Nuclear security and strategy

  • Thurid Hustedt

    Dean of Graduate Programmes and Professor of Public Administration and Management | Centre for Digital Governance

    Comparative public administration; politics and administration; policy advice; digital governance; public sector innovation

  • Markus Jachtenfuchs

    Professor of European and Global Governance | Jacques Delors Centre

    European Union politics; core state powers; solidarity; fiscal policy and budgets; comparative federalism

  • Lynn Kaack

    Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Public Policy | Data Science Lab

    Climate and energy policy; applications of data science and machine learning; method development in policy analysis; policy and governance questions at the intersection of artificial intelligence and climate change

  • Shubha Kamala Prasad

    Assistant Professor of International Relations

    Foreign policy analysis; insurgencies; human rights; diaspora politics; multi-methods

  • Mark Kayser

    Professor of Applied Methods and Comparative Politics

    Political behaviour; elections; political institutions; political economy; representation and accountability; populism; coalition bargaining

  • Michaela Kreyenfeld

    Professor of Sociology

    Quantitative research (with micro level data); public policy and demographic behaviour; public policy and family behaviour (fertility, marriage, divorce etc.); migration and integration

  • Asya Magazinnik

    Professor of Social Data Science

    Ocal politics; federalism; electoral geography; democratic representation; political polarization; housing policy; immigration policy; causal inference methodologies; formal models of political institutions; measurement of political preferences

  • Johanna Mair

    Professor for Organization, Strategy and Leadership

    Organisational theory and institutional analysis; alternative forms of economic organising (including social enterprises); social problems and system change; re-embed democracy in capitalism

  • Sébastien Mena

    Professor of Organization and Governance

    Management and organisation studies; organisation theory; organisational sociology; business and society; corporate social responsibility; corporate sustainability; sustainable development; social movements; collective memory; transnational private regulation; governance of global value chains

  • Simon Munzert

    Professor of Data Science and Public Policy

    Data science; computational social science; experimental science; political communication; public opinion; political behavior; elections; online media; hate speech and content moderation

  • Arianna Ornaghi

    Assistant Professor of Economics

    Empirical political economy; economics of media

  • Christine Reh

    Professor of European Politics | Jacques Delors Centre

    European Union institutions and politics; legislative behaviour, decision making and organisation; multi-level governance (in particular: Legitimacy, politicisation and contestation); comparative and European Union politics (in particular: institutions, law-making, politicisation, and legitimacy); EU-member state relations; qualitative and mixed methods.

  • Andrea Römmele

    Dean of Executive Education and Professor for Communication in Politics and Civil Society

    Media and society; campaigns and elections; political parties in a comparative perspective; political consulting and policy advice

  • Daniela Stockmann

    Professor of Digital Governance | Director, Centre for Digital Governance

    Digital governance; social media governance; new media, public opinion and political participation; marketisation of media; rise of authoritarianism; public opinion and foreign policymaking; Chinese politics and media

  • Christian Traxler

    Professor of Economics

    Economics of mobility transition; taxation of cars; transportation economics; economic policy evaluations; economics of crime; regulation of the car market

  • Egon Tripodi

    Assistant Professor of Economics

    Experiments; behavioral economics; persuasion; economics of charity; empirical political economy

  • Kai Wegrich

    Dean of Research and Faculty | Professor of Public Administration and Public Policy

    Bureaucracy and policymaking; politics-administration relations; policy instruments; administrative capacities; the politics of enforcement; regulation and regulatory reform (i.e. "better regulation")

  • Julian Wucherpfennig

    Professor of International Affairs and Security | Centre for International Security

    Political violence and conflict processes; (ethnic) civil war; terrorism; ethnic powersharing; irregular migration; forecasting in international affairs; quantitative approaches to international security; nuclear security





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