University of Salzburg

University of Salzburg (PLUS)

PLUS was established in 1962 by law and has 4 Faculties:

  • Law
  • Cultural and Social Sciences
  • Natural Sciences
  • Theology

Each Faculty has several Departments, subdivided into Divisions. The University has 2597 employees (1600 academics) and a total full-time student body of more than 18.000.

PLUS re-organized all study programs (BA, MA, PhD) it offers according to the Bologna process, with full implementation of ECTS. It is very active in the development of collaborations for sharing teaching and research activities with institutions worldwide for exchanging teachers and students. At the same time it is attractive to foreign students and therefore ranks number one with 15% among the Austrian Universities. PLUS also developed a platform for e-learning and has considerable experience in EU projects such as Erasmus, Socrates, Leonardo, Tempus and others.

Political Science is with now 25 staff members and about 500 students at BA/MA/PhD-Level well established since 1970. As Division of the Department of Political Science and Sociology it incorporates also the Salzburg Center for European Union Studies and provides in cooperation with representatives from Law and Economics an additional MA in European Union Studies. With implementation of BA/MA curricula in Political Science in 2006 Salzburg was the first Austrian University with Political Science in the Bologna model. The Political Science division is highly involved in international networks in teaching, research, exchange and one of the leading partners of www.erasmus-network.eu, participating also in Erasmus Mundus projects and capacity building projects on Western Balkan.

For more please visit: http://uni-salzburg.at/index.php?id=52&L=1

 

COORDINATOR

Franz Kok

Project coordinator

University of Salzburg

Franz.Kok@sbg.ac.at

Teaching Political Science (Methodology, Comparative Politics, Political System, Introduction to Political Science) for 25 years, coordinator of Political Science Studies at the University of Salzburg till 2013 and Erasmus Coordinator since 1991 ongoing. Curriculum development projects within the framework of the Austrian HEI reform agenda in Kosovo with successful accreditation of BA Political Science 2008-2012, MA European Integration and Public Administration 2013-2014. Erasmus Mundus SIGMA coordinator for the University of Salzburg.

 

QUALITY MANAGEMENT

 

Günter Wageneder

Günter Wageneder

guenter.wageneder@sbg.ac.at

Mag. Günter Wageneder studied educational science at the University of Salzburg until 2010. He then was part of the team introducing eLearning and eTeaching at the University of Salzburg, being especially responsible for teaching methodology and evaluations. From 2004 on he was responsible for the development and introduction of Quality Management concepts and tools for study programs and teaching. Since 2010 he is head of the office for Quality Management, being responsible for the Universities Quality Management System as a whole (including study programs, teaching, research, administration, …). In the academic year 2013/14 he successfully managed the first Quality Audit of the University of Salzburg.

ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF

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Jürgen Zahrer

IT Technician

juergen.zahrer@sbg.ac.at

Jürgen Zahrer finished his law studies at the University of Salzburg, Autria in 1995. In the same year he became Research Assistent for Private and Information Law. From 1996 to 1998 he attended a study program of Information Technology and Business Administration at the University of Linz, Austria. At the University of Salzburg Jürgen Zahrer was department manager for information technologies, storages and databases at the central information services from 2003 to 2013. From 2014 on he is the head of the department for the further development of the the Campus Administration System at the University of Salzburg.

 

Mario Wintersteiger

Administrator

mario.wintersteiger@sbg.ac.at

 

Mario Wintersteiger (born 1982) received his degrees in political science at the University of Salzburg (Master’s degree in 2007, Doctor’s degree in 2011); several scientific functions since 2005; started lecturing in 2009 (especially on the field of political theory and the history of ideas). He currently teaches for the University of Salzburg’s Departments of Political Science and History. He has also taught repeatedly for study abroad programs (Bowling Green State University’s Academic Year Abroad in Austria; American Institute for Foreign Study in Salzburg), lecturing on political science, history and philosophy. He was a member of the Austrian Research Association’s Working Group “Politics – Religion – Violence” (2009-2012). His current research interests and recent publications focus on topics of political philosophy, political aesthetics and political myths.

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Stefan Karlhuber                                            

stefan.karlhuber@sbg.ac.at

MMag. Stefan Karlhuber is psychologist and communications scientist. He is academic seminar lecturer and trainer for adult education, NLP-Coach and NLP Master Practitioner. His main work fields are online-communication (didactic and meaningful use of social media, e-portfolios etc.) and face-to-face communication (rhethorics, presentation trainings). He is lecturer at different universities and independent trainer as well as speaker at congresses, conferences etc.

 

ACADEMIC STAFF

 

Zoe Lefkofridi

Zoe Lefkofridi

Comparative Politics

Public Policy and Administration

zoe.lefkofridi@sbg.ac.at

Zoe Lefkofridi is an Assistant Professor of Comparative Politics at the Dept. of Political Science at the University of Salzburg. Her teaching includes courses on comparative politics, the causes and consequences of unequal political representation, and national political parties’ organizational and policy responses to European integration. She has experience with teaching at the BA and MA level as well as with coaching doctoral students in the context of PhD colloquia at the European University Institute (EUI) and the Dept. of Methods in the Social Sciences of the University of Vienna. Dr. Lefkofridi’s research draws on normative and positive theories of democracy to empirically examine political representation in Europe; her articles appear in European Union Politics, Electoral Studies, West European Politics and EPSR among others. She is currently also a joint Jean Monnet-Max Weber Fellow at the Robert Schuman Center for Advanced Studies, EUI in Florence and the Dept. of Political & Social Sciences of the European University Institute. Previously, she was a visiting post-doctoral researcher at Stanford University and the GESIS- EUROLAB, as well as a research fellow at the Institute for European Integration Research (EIF) and the Dept. of Methods (MeSoS) at the University of Vienna. She conducted her doctoral studies at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Vienna and the University of Vienna and holds MA and BA degrees from the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, the College of Europe – Bruges and the University of Athens.

 

 

Andreas Duer

Andreas Dür

International Relations

Methodology and MA Thesis

andreas.duer@sbg.ac.at

Andreas Dür is Professor of International Politics at the Department of Political Science and Sociology at the University of Salzburg, Austria. He holds a PhD from the European University Institute in Florence (2004). Prior to taking up his current position, he was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (2003-2005) and a lecturer at University College Dublin (2005-2009). Dür has published a large number of peer-reviewed articles on trade policy, interest group politics and European integration, in leading journals such as the British Journal of Political Studies, Comparative Political Studies, the European Journal of Political Research, International Studies Quarterly, and the Journal of Conflict Resolution. He also is the author of Protection for Exporters: Discrimination and Power in Transatlantic Trade Relations, 1930-2010 (Cornell University Press, 2010) and co-editor of Trade Cooperation: The Purpose, Design and Effects of Preferential Trade Agreements (Cambridge University Press, 2014). He teaches courses on international cooperation, theories of International Relations and International Political Economy.

 

 

Gabriele Spilker

Gabriele Spilker

International Relations

Methodology and MA Thesis

gabriele.spilker@sbg.ac.at

Gabriele Spilker is an assistant professor for international politics at the University of Salzburg. Her main research interest is in international relations and international political economy with a special focus on environmental politics and trade cooperation. She obtained her PhD at ETH Zurich in 2009. Her PhD research was part of the Swiss National Center of Competence in Research (NCCR) „Challenges to Democracy in the 21st century“.  Before joining the university of Salzburg, Gabriele was a postdoctoral researcher in the “International Political Economy” group of Thomas Bernauer at the Center for Comparative and International Studies (CIS), ETH Zurich and a Fritz Thyssen Fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University for the academic year 2011/2012. She teaches courses in international politics as well as on methods for empirical research in the social sciences on Bachelor, Master and PhD level.

 

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Lisa Lechner

International Relations

Methodology and MA Thesis

lisa.lechner@sbg.ac.at

Lisa Lechner is a PhD Fellow and Researcher in International Politics in the Department of Political Science and Sociology at the University of Salzburg. Between 2005 and 2013 she studied International Economics and Political Science at the Leopold Franzens University of Innsbruck and the Audencia Nantes – École de Management, France. The research interest is located in the area of Political Economy and International Relations. More specifically, most of her current research focuses on trade policy, issue-linkage, and international negotiations.

 

Doris Wydra

Doris Wydra

European Integration

doris.wydra@sbg.ac.at

Dr. Doris Wydra holds a Master Degree in Political Science and a doctorate in Law from the University of Salzburg and holds the position of the Executive Director of the Salzburg Centre of European Union Studies. SCEUS is an interdisciplinary priority program of the University of Salzburg, geared towards research as much as towards education of a new generation of academics. An important objective of SCEUS is to link research and teaching in several ways: on the one hand with the Master programme European Union Studies, on the other hand with a doctoral college. She has extensive experience in teaching in the framework of the master programme European Union Studies, giving courses on European Union politics, with a special focus on European Monetary integration, but also relations of the European Union with neighbouring countries. In the past she has already participated in twin-teaching programs and assisted in the MA European Integration curriculum development at the University of Prishtina (HigherKos).

 

 

Sonja Puntscher-Riekmann

Sonja Puntscher-Riekmann

European Integration

sonja.puntscher-riekmann@sbg.ac.at

Sonja Puntscher Riekmann is professor of Political Theory and European Politics at the department of Political Science and Sociology at the University of Salzburg. She is Jean Monnet Professor and academic director of the University’s Salzburg Centre of European Union Studies (SCEUS/Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence). She did her PhD at the University of Vienna and her “habilitation” at the University of Innsbruck. She was director of the Institute of European integration research at the Austrian Academy of Sciences of which she is a full member. She is member of the SSH evaluation panel of the ERC. She previously taught at the Humboldt University of Berlin and at the Universities of Vienna and Innsbruck. Her publications include books, edited volumes and articles on European integration with a special focus on European democracy and more recently on European economic and fiscal issues. She recently won a major EU Horizon 2020 grant as coordinator of the project “The Choice for Europe since Maastricht”.

 

 

Mario WIntersteiger

Mario Wintersteiger

Political Theory

Methodology and MA Thesis

mario.wintersteiger@sbg.ac.at

Mario Wintersteiger (born 1982) received his degrees in political science at the University of Salzburg (Master’s degree in 2007, Doctor’s degree in 2011); several scientific functions since 2005; started lecturing in 2009 (especially on the field of political theory and the history of ideas). He currently teaches for the University of Salzburg’s Departments of Political Science and History. He has also taught repeatedly for study abroad programs (Bowling Green State University’s Academic Year Abroad in Austria; American Institute for Foreign Study in Salzburg), lecturing on political science, history and philosophy. He was a member of the Austrian Research Association’s Working Group “Politics – Religion – Violence” (2009-2012). His current research interests and recent publications focus on topics of political philosophy, political aesthetics and political myths.

 

 

Reinhard Heinisch

Reinhard Heinisch

Comparative Politics

Public Policy and Administration

reinhard.c.heinisch@sbg.ac.at

 

Reinhard Heinisch is Chair of Austrian Politics and Head of the Department of Political Science at the University of Salzburg, Austria. Previously, he served as Professor of Political Science and Director of International Studies at the  University of Pittsburgh from 1994 to 2009. He holds degrees from the Universities of Vienna (BA 1986), Virginia Tech (MA 1987, and Michigan State (PhD 1994). Reinhard  Heinisch’s work is focused on comparative party politics, especially comparative Populism and Euroskepticism. He has also worked labor market policies, issues of European Integration as well as Human Rights and Democracy. He is the author of Populism Proporz Pariah – Austria Turns Right (2002 Nova Science) as well as of numerous other publications in international journals. He has lectured extensively internationally including the US, the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, Slovenia, Mazedonia, Bolivia as well as the European Forum Alpbach in Austria. He has held several visiting appointments, most recently at Renmin University in Beijing, China. While in the US, he worked a consultant for the US State Department.  In Austria Reinhard Heinisch was the founder of the annual International Summer University Carinthia in Villach, of which he serves as the Academic Director and  has been director of an inter-institutional working group on the Future of Austrian Democracy under the auspices of Austrian Research Association (ÖFG). He is  the recipient of numerous grants including a European Union Marie Curie grant to study Euroskepticism and populism in Central Europe. In his public capacity, Reinhard heinisch has commented on American and Austrian politics for Austrian Television and is a regular op-ed commentator for Austrian and international news media. In both the US and Austria, Reinhard Heinisch has been involved in teacher training programs, since 2011 he has lectured regularly for the State Teachers’s Colleges in Linz (PH Linz) and Salzburg (PH Salzburg).

 

 

Armin Muehlboeck

Armin Mühlböck

Methodology and MA Thesis

armin.muehlboeck@sbg.ac.at

Armin Mühlböck is PostDoc at the Department of Political Science, University of Salzburg, where he earned both his Master Degree (1999) and Doctorate (2011). In his research and teaching Armin Mühlböck focuses on democracy, Austrian politics, local and regional studies and empirical analytical research methodology. Armin Mühlböck has been teaching at the University of Salzburg since 1999. He is also a teacher-trainer at the University of Education Salzburg (since 2011)