Sponsored Chairs


In North America, DAAD currently sponsors three chairs:

  • Max Weber Chair for German and European Studies at New York University
  • Helmut Schmidt Distinguished Visiting Professorship for German and European Studies at Johns Hopkins University
  • Hannah Arendt Chair for German and European Studies at the University of Toronto

Prof. Dr. Thomas Zittel
Max Weber Chair for German and European Studies at New York University

Thomas Zittel is a professor for comparative politics at Goethe-University Frankfurt, Germany. Zittel studied political science at the University of Mannheim and Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore (USA). He holds a doctorate from the University of Mannheim (1995). Zittel was a post-doctoral researcher at the Mannheim Center for European Social Research, the European University Institute (Florence), and the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies (Harvard University). He held temporary professorial appointments at the University Duisburg-Essen (2004/05), the International University Bruchsal (2007), Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich (2008), and Cornell University (2008-2010).

Thomas Zittel’s research and teaching focuses on the politics of political representation from a comparative perspective. He especially focuses on the behavioral effects of electoral systems, legislative behavior and organization, political parties, and campaign politics. His special country expertise involves the cases of Germany and the US. Zittel also engages in research about the conditions and institutional development of liberal democracy.

Zittel is author and editor of four books. His articles appeared, among others, in Comparative Political Studies, European Journal of Political Research, West European Politics, Party Politics, Electoral Studies, Legislative Studies Quarterly, Parliamentary Affairs, German Politics, and the Oxford Handbooks on Political Institutions, Electoral Systems, and Representation in Liberal Democracies.

Home University: Goethe-University Frankfurt
Host University: New York University
Host Institute: Center for European and Mediterranean Studies

Contact: Center for European and Mediterranean Studies
New York University
King Juan Carlos I Center
53 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012
Tel.: (212) 998-3717

Prof. Dr. Andreas Rödder, Helmut Schmidt Distinguished Visiting Professor for German and European Studies at Johns Hopkins University

Andreas Rödder holds the chair for Modern and Contemporary History at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz. He received his PhD from the University of Bonn in 1995. Thereafter, he was Assistant and Associate Professor at the University of Stuttgart, where he gained his Habilitation in 2001. Since 2005, Rödder has been Professor in Mainz with a research focus on international history of the 19th and 20th centuries. He was a Visiting Fellow at the Historisches Kolleg in Munich (2001/02 and 2017/18), Visiting Professor at Brandeis University, Massachusetts, USA (2004), and Gerda Henkel Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics and the German Historical Institute London, UK (2012/13).

Selected Publications: 

Home University: Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz

Host University: Johns Hopkins University

Host Institute: Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs, School of Advanced International Studies

Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs
Johns Hopkins University
School of Advanced International Studies
1717 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036

PD. Dr. Tobias Hof
Hannah Arendt Chair for German and European Studies at the University of Toronto

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