Prof. Dr. Volker M. Heins

Academic Career

Since 2017: Member of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Duisburg-Essen and Affiliate Professor of Political Science.

Since 2017: Member of the Council of the Academy in Exile.

Since 2013: Senior Researcher and (since 2018) member of the executive board of the Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research, Duisburg.

Since 2012: Permanent Fellow at the KWI.

Since 2010: Faculty Fellow at the Center for Cultural Sociology, Yale University.

2014–2017: Member of the Social Science Faculty of the University of Bochum.

1998–2012: Researcher at the Institute for Social Research in Frankfurt, Germany.

2006–2010: Lecturer in Political Theory at McGill University, Montreal.

1995–2010: Visiting Fellowships in the United States, Canada, India and Israel.

2001: Habilitation in Political Science at the University of Giessen, Germany.


Research Interests

Modern political theory, migration and democracy, exile studies


Publications (Selection)

Anti-immigrant movements and the self-poisoning of the civil sphere: The case of Germany. In: Jeffrey C. Alexander, Trevor Stack, Farhad Khosrokhavar (eds.) Breaching the Civil Order: Radicalism and the Civil Sphere. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press 2020 (with Christine Unrau) (forthcoming)

Kultureller Pluralismus und Kritische Theorie. Von Adorno bis Honneth. In: Ulf Bohmann, Paul Sörensen (eds.) Kritische Theorie der Politik. Berlin: Suhrkamp 2019.

“More Modest and More Political”: From the Frankfurt School to the Liberalism of Fear. In: Samantha Ashenden, Andreas Hess (eds.) Between Utopia and Realism: The Political Thought of Judith N. Shklar. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press 2019.

Gift-giving and reciprocity in global society: Introducing Marcel Mauss in international studies. Journal of International Political Theory, vol. 14, no. 2, 2018, pp. 126-144 (with Christine Unrau and Kristine Avram).

Der Skandal der Vielfalt: Geschichte und Konzepte des Multikulturalismus. Frankfurt, New York: Campus 2013.

See also: Volker M. Heins on ResearchGate.