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Juniorprofessorin Julia Brühne

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Julia Brühne

Faculty 10 – Linguistics and Literary Studies

Julia Brühne took the position of Junior Professor of Transnational Media and Literature Sciences at the University of Bremen in May 2019. She previously studied romance languages, American studies and theatre studies in Munich and Santiago de Compostela (Spain). In 2009, she moved to the University of Mainz where she completed her PhD dissertation "¡Bienvenido neorrealismo! Politics, Subject and Libido" in 2014. She was then a research assistant and lecturer with specific duties in the fields of romantic literature and culture studies in Mainz. Brühne is especially interested in the question of how past and present social crises are mirrored, duplicated, banned or changed in literature, film, series, art or social media. Amongst other things, she is doing research into the forms of (post)revolutionary sovereignty and jouissance in French and Latin America, as well as modern, postmodern and contemporary expressions of film and pop culture and their relationships to the political imagination in the USA, Germany and Latin Europe.

Professor Norman Sieroka

Prof. Dr. Norman Sieroka

Faculty 9 – Cultural Studies

Since April 2019, Norman Sieroka has been Professor of Theoretical Philosophy in the Faculty of Cultural Studies at the University of Bremen. After having grown up in Teufelsmoor near to Bremen, he studied philosophy, physics and mathematics at the Universities of Heidelberg and Cambridge. He completed a doctorate in physics and in philosophy and amongst other achievements, was a visiting professor at the Department of Philosophy of Science at the University of Notre Dame (USA) and an associated member of the Center of History of Knowledge in Zürich. Between 2014 and 2019, he was employed at the ETH Zürich, where he remains a member of the directory boards of the Turing Centre and the governance board of the “rethink” initiative. Norman Sieroka carries out research into the topics of time, natural philosophy, philosophy of the mind and philosophy and history or physics, mathematics and modern data science. He is especially interested in the behavior and interplay between varying forms of time and also the variations and similarities in the methods and findings strategies of different individual sciences.

Professor Björn Rost

Prof. Dr. Björn Rost

Faculty 2 – Biology/Chemistry

Björn Rost accepted the Professorship of Phytoplankton Ecophysiology in the Faculty of Biology/Chemistry at the University of Bremen in April 2019. Alongside his work at the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine research (AWI), Rost has been teaching at the university since 2010. After his biology degree at the University of Hamburg, he completed a PhD dealing with the carbon acquisition of calcifying microalgae in Bremen in 2003. The European Research Council awarded him an ERC Starting Grant in 2008. Since 2015, Rost has been the deputy director of the Marine Biogeosciences Section at AWI. His research investigates molecular, physiological, and ecological processes in marine phytoplankton in order to be able to better foresee their reactions to climate change. His expertise is also being included in the sixth assessment report of the IPCC as leading author.

Professor Arndt Wonka

Prof. Dr. Arndt Wonka

Faculty 8 – Social Sciences

Before Arndt Wonka accepted the role as Professor for European Political and Social Sciences at the Institute for European Studies in April 2019, he had worked at the Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences for 10 years. His scientific career began with a degree in political science, sociology and law at the University of Konstanz and York University Toronto. His PhD then led him to the University of Mannheim and he spent his postdoc years at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Vienna and the Mannheimer Zentrum für Europäische Sozialforschung (Mannheim Center for European Social Research). In the frame of his professorship, he hopes to provide the students with the necessary social scientific theories and methods so that they are able to view the European Union and the communities and countries in Europe from different perspectives in an analytical manner.  In his own research, based upon political mobilization by varying interest groups and political parties, he analyzes if and how the interests of differing social and political groups find their way into the politics of the EU.

Professor Patrick Sachweh

Prof. Dr. Patrick Sachweh

Faculty 8 – Social Sciences

In April 2019, Patrick Sachweh was appointed Professor of Sociology with a focus on Comparative Social Research in the Faculty of Social Sciences and is now a member of SOCIUM Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy at the University of Bremen. After his degree in social sciences at the Universities of Mannheim and Bloomington (USA), he completed his PhD in 2009 at the Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS) with a dissertation on the topic of interpretive patterns of social inequality. During his postdoc years, he carried out research and taught at both the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne and at the Goethe University Frankfurt at the Institute for Sociology there and also within the excellence cluster “Normative Orders”. His research deals with the change in inequality, welfare state and economy from national and international, comparative perspectives. A particular focus is placed upon ideas of justice, openness to solidarity and conflict potential in modern welfare states. In Bremen, he will deal with conflicts of values and sociocultural polarizations in the middle class and also social discourse on the taxation of wealth.


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Prof. Dr. Cornelius Torp

Faculty 8 – Social Sciences

Cornelius Torp was appointed Professor of Modern and Contemporary History at the University of Bremen in March 2019. After having studied history, business studies and sociology, including a stay at the London School of Economics (LSE), he completed his PhD concerning the first wave of globalization before 1914 and its effect on the German economy and politics in 2004. Prior to his habilitation at the University of Halle in 2014, his career led him to the European University Institute in Florence and the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies. His last position was as a substitute professor at the FU Berlin, LMU Munich and the University of Augsburg and holder of the Hannah-Arendt Visiting Chair at the University of Toronto. In Bremen, Cornelius Torp hopes to deepen his work with the history of the welfare state and of age; a further focus of his work lies with history of protectionism and a global history of gambling in modern times.

Professorin Nina Heinrichs

Prof. Dr. Nina Heinrichs

Faculty 11 – Human and Health Sciences

Nina Heinrichs was appointed Professor for Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy at the new Institute for Psychology of the University of Bremen in January. The focal point of her work is anxiety disorders, behavioral disorders in children and prevention and early intervention in couples and families. She graduated in Psychology at the Philipps University of Marburg and completed her doctorate at Boston University (USA). From 2007 to 2012, she was the University Professor for Child and Youth Psychology and Psychotherapy at the University of Bielefeld. She founded a university outpatient clinic there for children, young people and their families there. At the end of 2012, she became Professor for Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy at the Technical University of Braunschweig.

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