Astrid Lorenz is Professor of German and European Politics and Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Philosophy. Her main research interests include democracy, participation, constitutional change, politics in multi-level systems (federations, European Union) and transformation processes. She graduated at the Free University of Berlin with a Diploma in Political Science (1997) and a Magistra Artium in Eastern European Studies (1998). From 1998 to 2001 she received a scholarship from the German Research Foundation (DFG) as a Graduate School member. After working as a research assistant at Humboldt University Berlin, she was appointed as Juniorprofessor (assistant professor) there in 2006. In 2008 she acquired the venia legendi with her habilitation thesis "Constitutional Amendments in Established Democracies", which was awarded the Best Postdoc Study Prize by the German Association for Political Science in 2009. In 2011 she was appointed to the University of Leipzig.
- since 10/2020
Coordinator, Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence "The European Union and its Rural Periphery in East Central Europe - Perceptions, Practices and Potentials of EU Citizenship"
- since 06/2020
Member, Research Institute Social Cohesion (FGZ), institute branch Leipzig
- since 10/2019
Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences and Philosophy
- 04/2017 - 12/2019
Managing Director, Institute for Political Science
- since 10/2017
Member of the Advisory Board for Science, Federal Foundation for the Study of the Communist Dictatorship in Eastern Germany
- 10/2016 - 09/2019
Vice Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences and Philosophy
- since 05/2015
Member of the Advisory Board, Saxon State Agency for Civic Education
- 04/2012 - 12/2014
Managing Director, Institute of Political Science
- since 01/2012
Chairwoman, Saxon Competence Center for State and Local Politics
- 10/2010 - 04/2013
Member of the Editorial board, journal Politische Vierteljahresschrift (German Political Science Quarterly), published by the Executive Board of the German Political Science Association
- since 04/2010
Professor of the German Political System and Politics in Europe, Leipzig University
- 04/2006 - 03/2011
Junior Professor of German Politics, Institute of Social Sciences at Humboldt University of Berlin
Approval by the German Research Foundation (DFG) of funding for the position of research associate at the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences at Potsdam University (transformed into project funding)
- 10/2005 - 03/2006
Contract Lecturer (Lehrbeauftragte) of Political Science at Potsdam University and Humboldt University of Berlin (Euromasters, Trans-Atlantic Masters)
- 06/2004 - 09/2006
Co-Spokeswoman of the Working Group Eastern European Societies in Comparative Perspective, German Political Science Association
- 10/2002 - 09/2005
Research Assistant to the Chair of German Politics at the Institute of Social Sciences at Humboldt University of Berlin and Contract lecturer (Lehrbeauftragte) at Free University of Berlin and Humboldt University
- 04/2001 - 09/2002
Contract Lecturer (Lehrbeauftragte) at the Free University of Berlin and Humboldt University Berlin
- 04/1998 - 05/2001
PhD scholarship of the German Research Foundation (DFG) as member of the Graduate School "The New Europe. National and International Dimensions of Institutional Change" at the Humboldt University Berlin
- 10/1996 - 03/1997
Student assistant in the research group Leadership groups and 'apparatuses' of the SED regime (Arnd Bauerkämper, Jürgen Danyel, Peter Hübner, Sabine Ross) at the Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung Potsdam e.V.
Venia legendi for political science with the habilitation thesis "Constitutional Amendments in Established Democracies. Motivation and Patterns of Negotiation"
Doctorate (Dr. phil.) at the Humboldt University of Berlin, Institute of Social Sciences, with the dissertation "Forward into the Past? The Change of Political Institutions in the Republic of Belarus since 1991".
- 04/1994 - 09/1998
Eastern European Studies at the Free University of Berlin, completed with a master's degree (Magister Artium)
- 10/1993 - 12/1997
Study of political science at the Free University of Berlin, graduated with diploma
- since 04/2020
Member of Directors' board, Research Centre Global Dynamics (ReCentGlobe) at Leipzig University
- since 10/2013
Member of the Faculty Council, Faculty of Social Sciences and Philosophy
Prof. Dr Astrid Lorenz is interested in the following research areas:
- Democracy in Europe,
- Constitutional politics,
- Politics in multi-level systems (federations, European Union),
- Transformation of political systems, especially Germany and East Central Europe,
- Europeanization and de-Europeanization processes,
- Interrelation between institutions and actors,
- Emergence, stability and dynamics of political institutions.
She coordinates the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence "The European Union and its Rural Periphery in East Central Europe" at Leipzig University. Furthermore, she is a member of the Research Institute Social Cohesion (FGZ) and an Affiliate Researcher at Leibniz Science Campus "Eastern Europe - Global Area".
- Jean Monnet ChairLorenz, AstridDuration: 09/2016 - 03/2020Funded by: EU Europäische UnionInvolved organisational units of Leipzig University: Politisches System Deutschlands und Politik in Europa
- Constitutional politics in the German Länder: Patterns and DeterminantsLorenz, AstridDuration: 04/2013 - 03/2017Involved organisational units of Leipzig University: Politisches System Deutschlands und Politik in Europa
- Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence - "The European Union and Its Rural Periphery in East Central Europe"Lorenz, AstridDuration: 10/2020 - 10/2023Funded by: EU Europäische UnionInvolved organisational units of Leipzig University: Fakultät für Sozialwissenschaften und Philosophie; Leipzig Research Centre Global Dynamics (ReCentGlobe)
- How the Grundgesetz Policy Aim of Providing Equal Living Conditions is Perceived and Politically Negotiated in German States and Municipalities – Politicians’ Responsiveness, Dialogue, and Changing Constitutional ArrangementsLorenz, AstridDuration: 06/2020 - 05/2024Funded by: BMBF Bundesministerium für Bildung und ForschungInvolved organisational units of Leipzig University: Fakultät für Sozialwissenschaften und Philosophie; Leipzig Research Centre Global Dynamics (ReCentGlobe)
- Rule of law in East Central EuropeLorenz, AstridDuration: 04/2021 - 03/2024Funded by: BMBF Bundesministerium für Bildung und ForschungInvolved organisational units of Leipzig University: Fakultät für Sozialwissenschaften und Philosophie; Leipzig Research Centre Global Dynamics (ReCentGlobe)
- Lorenz, A.; Formankova, H. (Eds.)Czech Democracy in CrisisCham: Palgrave Macmillan. 2020
- Lorenz, A.; Hoffmann, C. P.; Hitschfeld, U. (Eds.)Partizipation für alle und alles? Fallstricke, Grenzen und MöglichkeitenWiesbaden: Springer VS. 2020
- Lorenz, A.; Anders, L. H. (Eds.)Illiberal Trends and Anti-EU Politics in East Central EuropeCham: Palgrave Macmillan. 2021
- Bos, E.; Lorenz, A. (Eds.)Das politische System Ungarns. Nationale Demokratieentwicklung, Orbán und die EUWiesbaden: Springer VS. 2021
- Konferenz (gefördert durch die Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung)1989/90 – Aufbruch ohne Ende?Fakultät für Sozialwissenschaften und PhilosophieEvent Organiser: Vogel, Lars; Lorenz, Astrid; Pates, Rebecca21/11/2019 - 22/11/2019
- Vortragsreihe (gefördert durch die Europäische Union, Jean Monnet Chair)Krise und europäische IntegrationFakultät für Sozialwissenschaften und PhilosophieEvent Organiser: Lorenz, Astrid12/10/2016 - 31/01/2020
- KonferenzTagung Politik, Region(en) und Kultur in der vergleichenden PolitikwissenschaftFakultät für Sozialwissenschaften und PhilosophieEvent Organiser: Pickel, Gert; Lorenz, Astrid09/10/2013 - 11/10/2013
- KonferenzOstdeutschland und die Politikwissenschaft. Eine Bilanz 20 Jahre nach der (Wieder-)VereinigungFakultät für Sozialwissenschaften und PhilosophieEvent Organiser: Lorenz, Astrid30/09/2010 - 02/10/2010
- Debatte (gefördert durch die EU im Rahmen eines Jean Monnet Chair)Europa debattierenFakultät für Sozialwissenschaften und PhilosophieEvent Organiser: Lorenz, Astrid01/04/2017 - 31/01/2020
Prof. Dr. Astrid Lorenz teaches on the following topics:
- German political system
- Political systems in comparitive perspective,
- Democracy in Europe,
- Politics and law in the European multi-level system,
- Government, political actors and institutions,
- Transformation processes,
- Federal and state politics in Germany,
- Europeanization and de-Europeanization,
- Political participation.
Lecture "Democratic Governance. Actors and Interactions in the Federal Republic of Germany"
each summer term
The lecture gives an overview of approaches to study governance, actors (Parties, media and others), policy-making and policy implementation. Empirically, it focuses on Germany.
Lecture "Political Systems"
each winter term
The lecture gives an overview of approaches and models of comparative political science and political institutions. Empirically, the focus lies on Europe.
"Rule of law in the European multi-level system"
each winter termInteressenvertretung und Bürgerbeteiligung im EU-Mehrebenensys-tem
"Interest Representation and Citizen participation in the EU multi-level system"
each summer term
Seminars covering changing other topics
Jour fixe for BA, MA and Staatsexamen theses
monthly, each 1st wednesday, starting 11 a.m.
Colloquium for PhD students and Postdocs
monthly, each 3rd wednesday, starting 11 a.m.