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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Comparative Political Sciences and Political Systems of Eastern Europe

Supervision and Mentoring


Office Hours

Prior registration at the secretary’s office is required, rescheduling at short notice is also possible. Please contact Cornelia Mispelhorn (e-mail: sekrinpo@sowi.hu-berlin.de).

To discuss seminar and final papers please submit a short overview (1/2 page) two working days before the appointment. An expose should include the following information:
  • Research question
  • Explanatory approach
  • Methodical approach
  • Bibliography



  • I am only taking exams of students who have attended one of my courses and acquired credit points. Examination topics are determined by the focus of the attended course(s).
  • Individual registration and the attendance of a pre-meeting to discuss the exam are obligatory.
  • Please send a selection of 3-5 possible examination topics at least 2 working days before the exam.
  • Please submit a summary with your final examination topics and 5 bibliographical references, each in due time before examination (at least 2 weeks in advance). You can submit it via mail or at the secretary’s office. The exam will be based on your summary, which should include a wider range of research literature than manuals and internet publications.

General Information about examinations at the Department of Social Science: http://www.sowi.hu-berlin.de/studium/pruefungsinfos


Letters of recommendation

Generally I only write letters of recommendation for students who have attended one of my courses and acquired credit points. For capacity reasons I cannot accept further requests. A useful recommendation has to be positive; therefore students graded lower than B should refrain from requesting (this is a general rule).
Usually I issue one letter of recommendation per student and year, if you want to apply for different scholarships/vacancies I will issue a general letter of recommendation.
Please send your material collection in one file, which should include the following information:

  • Address of the recipient (if possible the contact person)
  • Precise subject
  • A draft paragraph of your motivation for the scholarship, internship etc.
  • All data from your CV which you would like to include in the letter of recommendation
  • CV in tabular form
  • Explanatory paragraph concerning the purpose of the letter of recommendation (scholarship, internship, etc.)