Brief Biographical Note
Born 10/12/1943, married, 2 children
1963-1970: Studies of economics, political science and sociology at University of Munich, Free University Berlin, Sciences Po Paris, University of California Berkeley
1968/69: Ph.D. scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for study in the U.S.A.
1973-1975: “habilitation” scholarship from the German Science Foundation (DFG) for field research in Kenya and work at the Survey Research Centre, Berkeley
Degrees: Dipl. oec. publ. (Munich 1968); Dr. oec. publ. (Munich 1971); Dr. phil. habil. (Augsburg 1978); Ph.D. (UC Berkeley 1979)
Languages: German, English, French (all fluent), Spanish, Kiswahili (working knowledge)
1985-2009 Professor of Political Science at Philipps-.University Marburg; major fields of teaching and research include political culture, empirical democratic theory, development studies, comparative politics, comparative methodology.
1989-1992 and 2003: Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Philosophy
1993-1994 and 2001-2002: Director of the Institute of Political Science,
Previous appointments and visiting professor at the universities of Munich, Nairobi, Aachen, Augsburg, Eichstätt, Prague, Stellenbosch, Lille, Berkeley, Vienna, Sciences-Po Paris, Sao Paulo, Ulaan Bataar.
Instructor at the ECPR Summer Schools at the Universities of Essex, Ljubljana, Sao Paulo and Stellenbosch/South Africa
Member of the Executive Committee of the German Political Science Association (DVPW), 1980-1986; 2003-2009
Co-chair, Research Committee on “Political Culture” of DVPW, 1982-1988
Co-chair, Research Committee on “Democratization in Comparative Perspective” of the International Political Science Association (IPSA) 1988- 2000
Co-organizer of regional conferences at Abuja/Nigeria (1992), Chandigarh/India (1996), Rio de Janeiro/Brazil(1995) and Tallin/Estonia (1998)
Organizer and chair of numerous national and international panels, workshops and symposia
Executive Committee (IPSA), 2003-2009, 2006-2009 Vice-President, chair of the Committee on Research and Training (CRT)
Executive Committee “European Consortium for Political Research” (ECPR), 2000-2006, Chair 2003-2006;
Local Organizer of the 2nd ECPR General Conference, Marburg 2003
Programme co-chair IPSA conference on “International Political Science: New Theoretical and Regional Perspectives”, Montreal 2008
IPSA Summer School coordinator, 2009-2012;
Executive Director, IPSA Summer Schools, Sao Paulo, Stellenbosch
Member of the Prize Committee of the Johan-Skytte Prize 2009-2012
“Stein Rokkan Lecture”, ECPR Joint Sessions of Workshops, University of Muenster/Germany, March 2010
Member of the Editorial Boards of International Journal for Comparative Sociology, International Political Science Review, International Political Science Abstracts, Zeitschrift für Vergleichende Politikwissenschaft, European Political Science Review, Taiwan Journal of Democracy
Co-editor of the “IPSA Encyclopaedia of Political Science”, 8 vol. SAGE (forthcoming)
Co-editor of the ECPR book series on Comparative Politics for Oxford University Press
Major publications include: Einführung in die Politikwissenschaft7 (with Theo Stammen); Vergleichende Politikwissenschaft4 (with F. Müller-Rommel); Literaturführer Politikwissenschaft (with S. Quenter); Tradition and Change in Kenya, Political Stability and Development (with Rainer Siegler); Poverty and Development (with Norbert Kersting); Conditions of Authoritarianism and Democracy in Europe, 1919-1939, 2 vol.(with Jeremy Mitchell); Perspectives of Democratic Consolidation in Eastern Europe (with Raivo Vetik); Empirische Demokratieforschung, Perspektiven der Demokratie (with H.-J. Giegel); Democratization – The State of the Art2
Numerous articles in refereed journals including Comparative Politics, Comparative Political Studies, European Journal for Political Research, International Journal of Comparative Sociology, Journal of Commonwealth and Comparative Politics, Acta Politica, Revue Française de la Politique Comparée, Journal of Post-Communist Studies, Historical Social Research, Law and State, Politische Vierteljahresschrift, Soziologische Revue, Taiwan Journal of Democracy, Zeitschrift für Vergleichende Politikwissenschaft.
Numerous contributions to edited volumes
Major research projects funded by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, Volkswagen-Foundation, Nuffield Foundation, Daimler Chrysler Foundation
Appointed as European Research Council (ERC) referee 2009-2013Referee for Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft , Leibniz-Gemeinschaft, Volkswagen Foundation, Swedish Rijksbank, Swiss National Fund, Austrian Science Foundation, International Science Foundation; National Research Foundation/South Africa, Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique (fnrs).