Thomas Mann Fellows | 2021

Nov, Dec

Prof. Dr. Claus Leggewie | Sociologist

Claus Leggewie. Image: Stephan Röhl
Claus Leggewie. Image: Stephan Röhl

Prof. Dr. Claus Leggewie, born in Wanne-Eickel in 1950, studied social science and history at the University of Cologne and in Paris, was awarded a doctorate in 1979 at the University of Göttingen and completed his post-doctoral lecturing qualification in 1984. From 1986 to 2015, he was a Professor of Political Science at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen and Justus Liebig University Giessen, was a Visiting Professor at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna, at the Université Paris Nanterre, as Max Weber in Chair German and European Studies at New York University and at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. From 2007-2017, he was director of the Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut (Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities) in Essen, and since 2015 he has held the Ludwig Börne Senior Professorship at Justus Liebig University Giessen.

His work deals with questions of democracy in culturally pluralistic societies in the age of digital information and communication technologies, as well as with memory cultures and the sociocultural and political effects of climate change.

Claus Leggewie has received an Honorary Doctor of Theology from the University of Rostock, was a recipient of the Duisburg-Essener Universitätspreis from the University of Duisburg-Essen, the Order of Merit from the State of North Rhine-Westphalia and the Sander Prize from New York University for outstanding contributions to the academic relationship between the German-speaking world and the United States.



Publications (Selection)

2019 ⅼ Jetzt! Opposition, Protest, Widerstand. Kiepenheuer & Witsch, Köln

2017 ⅼ Europa zuerst! Eine Unabhängigkeitserklärung. Ullstein, Berlin

2016 ⅼ With Patrizia Nanz: Die Konsultative. Mehr Demokratie durch Bürgerbeteiligung, Wagenbach, Berlin

2009 ⅼ With Harald Welzer: Das Ende der Welt, wie wir sie kannten: Klima, Zukunft und die Chancen der Demokratie, S. Fischer

2003 ⅼ Die Globalisierung und ihre Gegner, C.H. Beck

2000 ⅼ Amerikas Welt. Die USA in unseren Köpfen, Hoffmann und Campe



Claus Leggewie is honorary doctor of theology at the University of Rostock, recipient of the University Prize of the University of Duisburg-Essen, the Order of Merit of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia and the Sander Prize of the New York University for merits in transatlantic science communication.