Short CV/Education and training

  • 1984
    Abitur (A-levels)

  • 1984 – 1990
    Studied political science, German philology, philosophy at the University of Cologne, Germany; Magister Artium degree (MA)

  • 1990 – 1990
    Business manager of the citizens' initiative "Board of Trustees for a Democratically Based Union of the German Federal States", Berlin, Germany

  • 1991 – 1996
    Research associate, Research Institute for Political Science and European Issues at the University of Cologne

  • 1993 – 1994
    Administrative and business assistant at the Research Institute for Political Science and European Issues at the University of Cologne

  • 1991 – 1996
    Doctoral studies (political science, German philology, philosophy), dissertation and doctoral examination

  • 1996 – 1997
    Visiting Scholar in the Graduate Faculty at the New School for Social Research, New York, USA

  • 1997 – 2005
    Research associate in the section Legal foundations of politics at the Freie Universität (FU) Berlin/Otto Suhr Institute of Political Science

  • 2005 – 2006
    Completed the Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification) requirements in the Department of Political and Social Sciences at the Freie Universität (FU) Berlin

  • 2005 – 2007
    Acting C4 professor of political theory at the University of Bremen in the Department of Social Sciences (political science, Institute for Intercultural and International Studies)

  • 2007 – 2008
    Researcher at the Social Science Research Centre Berlin, in the section Transnational Conflicts and International Institutions

  • 2008 – 2009
    Acting C4 professor of comparative government at the University of Hamburg, Germany, Institute for Political Science

  • 2009 – 2009
    Heisenberg Fellowship from the German Research Foundation (DFG) (at the Social Science Research Centre Berlin)

  • Since 2009
    W2 University professor of political science with an emphasis on political theory at Kiel University, Germany

Selected publications

  • Stein, T.: Himmlische Quellen und irdisches Recht. Religiöse Voraussetzungen des freiheitlichen Verfassungsstaates, Frankfurt am Main, New York: Campus 2007.

  • Stein, T.: Interessenvertretung der Natur in den USA. Mit vergleichendem Blick auf die deutsche Rechtslage, Baden-Baden: Nomos 2002.

  • Stein, T.: Demokratie und Verfassung an den Grenzen des Wachstums. Zur ökologischen Kritik und Reform des demokratischen Verfassungsstaates, Opladen: Westdeutscher Verlag 1998.



Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • "Private" engagement and public interests in transnational spaces – The citizen of the world as a political actor?

  • Contemporary political thinking in Germany in the context of traditional political ideas

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the Green Academy and its advisory board; participated in the selection committee of the Scholarship Department of the Heinrich Böll Foundation

  • Member of the Deutsche Gesellschaft zur Erforschung politischen Denkens (German society for research on political thinking)

  • Member of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Politikwissenschaft (German political science association)

  • Member of the German Association of Political Sciences (DVPW) (Member of the executive committee, since 9/2006, re-elected 09/2009; Participation in the section Political Theory and the History of Ideas (executive committee); in the working group Politics and Religion; in the ad hoc group Politics and Constitution)

  • Member of the Jury for the Hannah-Arendt Prize, Bremen, 2005 – 2007

  • Member of the Members Assembly, 1998 – 2006, and in the Expert Advisory Board, 2004 – 2007, of the Heinrich Böll Foundation, Berlin

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Soft Skills

  • Parental leave, 1999-2000


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