Prof. Dr. Winfried Thaa
Department of Political Science
University of Trier
Date and Place of Birth:February 28, 1952, in Tuttlingen (Federal Republic of Germany)
Education and Professional Career:
1971-1977 Student of Political Science, Philosophy and German Philology at the University of Tübingen.
State Examination in Tübingen 1977.
1974-1975 Student at the Bologna Center of the Johns Hopkins University for "Advanced International Studies"
1978-1980 Doctoral Dissertation in Political Science at the University of Tübingen on “The Socio-Economic Foundation of Bureaucratic Rule during Soviet
1982 Defense of the doctoral thesis („summa cum laude“)
1982-1984 Teacher Trainee at Gymnasium (High School) from 1982-1984
1985-1991 Research Associate and Lecturer at the Institute of Political Science
at Tübingen University
Summer 1987 Visiting Professor at the "Graduate School of International Relations" in Denver, Colorado
1988-1991 Research-Project on „Societal Differentiation and Legitimacy-Crisis in the GDR“ at the University of Tübingen
1991-1993 Visiting Professor for Political Theory at Tübingen University
1994-1997 DAAD Visiting Associate Professor at the
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
1996 Habilitation in Political Science at the University of Tübingen.
“The Rebirth of the Political. Civil Society and Legitimacy-Conflict in the Revolutions of 1989“
1997-1998 Grant of the DAAD for a research-Project on „Postcommunist Transformation and Democratic Theory”
1998-2002 Visiting Professor for Political Science at the University of Trier
Since 2002 Tenured Professor for Political Science (Political Theory) at the University of Trier
2003-2006 "Prodekan" and "Dekan" (Dean) of the Faculty for History, History of Art, Archeology and Political Science
Since 2004 Direction of the Research Project "The Political Representation of Migrants and Poor People" within the Collaborative Research Centre of the "Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft" (DFG).