Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Political Theory

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As of August 2020, Christian Volk is a profssor in Political Science with a focus on Political Theory at the Department of Social Science at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. From 2016 to 2020 he held the the chair Politics and Law at the Otto-Suhr-Institute at Free University of Berlin. From 2012 to 2016, he was junior professor for political theory at the University of Trier. His research and teaching interests include political theory and philosophy, democratic and social theory as well as legal and constitutional theory.

Christian Volk studied political science, economics and social and economic history. After research stays at Yale University and the New School for Social Research, he obtained his PhD from the RWTH Aachen. His PhD thesis on Hannah Arendt’s concept of law was awarded as innovative work in the humanities and social sciences (funded by the German Publishers and Booksellers Association, Thyssen Foundation, VG WORT, Federal Foreign Office Germany). From 2011 to 2015, Christian Volk was head of the DFG-research project “The concept of sovereignty in the transnational constellation“. Prior to that, he worked as a postdoc and scientific coordinator for the research project “International Dissidence“ at the Goethe University in Frankfurt and for the DFG-research training group “Constitution beyond the State“ at the Humboldt University Berlin.

He completed further research and teaching stays at: WZB (Berlin), Humboldt University Berlin, European Inter-University Centre (Venice/ Italy), Radzyner School of Law (Israel), Hannah Arendt Center (Bard College/ USA), University of Colorado (Boulder/USA).

Since 2014, he is editor of the series “International Political Theory“ for Nomos, together with Thorsten Thiel.