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Spokesperson of the Leibniz ScienceCampus

Ulf Brunnbauer
Director of IOS, Professor in Southeast and East European History

Ulf Brunnbauer has been Professor for the History of Eastern and South-Eastern Europe at the University of Regensburg since 2008. He defended his Habilitation at Berlin Free University and gained his PhD from the University of Graz. He is Director ofthe Leibniz Institute for East and South-East European Studies (IOS) and Co-Director of the Graduate School for East and South-East European Studies. His research focuses on migration, social history, and nations and nationalism. He has been Spokesman of the Executive Board of the Center for International and Transnational Area Studies (CITAS) in Regensburg since January 2019.

Coordinators of the Research Modules

Birgit Hebel-Bauridl
University of Regensburg, Akademische Oberrätin, American Studies, Managing Director of the Regensburg European American Forum – REAF

Birgit Hebel-Bauridl (Akademische Oberrätin, American Studies, UR) is Managing Director of the Regensburg European American Forum (REAF). Her current project focuses on embodied memory and multiscalar European-American cultural negotiations at the Flossenbürg Concentration Camp Memorial and Museum. Further research interests include multiscalar performance; critical regionalism; nationalsocialism and transgenerational trauma; resistant epistemologies and critical whiteness studies. She served on the CITAS Executive Board April 2019 until October 2022, when the Center was merged into DIMAS. She is a member of the Leibniz ScienceCampus Board of Directors.


Volker Depkat 
UR, Professor in American Studies, member of the board of REAF

Volker Depkat has been Professor of American Studies in Regensburg since 2005. He completed his Habilitation at the University of Greifswald and gained his PhD from the University of Göttingen. His research focus lies in US and North American history, including European-American connections. He is supervising two of the ScienceCampus doctoral researchers, Thalia Prokopiou and Jon Matlack.

Gerlinde Groitl
UR, International Politics and Transatlantic Relations

Gerlinde Groitl is Professor of International Policy and Transatlantic Relations at the University of Regensburg where she also gained her PhD. She has also been a researcher at Johns Hopkins University in Washington and at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Her research focuses on US-European and US-German relations, exploring questions of interventionism, world orders and security policy.

Guido Hausmann
IOS, East- and Southeast European History

Guido Hausmann is the head of the history division at the Institute for East and Southeast European Studies (IOS) and Professor of History of Southeast and Eastern Europe at the University of Regensburg with a focus on Russia/the Soviet Union and Ukraine. He gained his PhD from the University of Cologne and defended his Habilitation at the University of Bielefeld.

Sabine Koller
UR, Slavic-Jewish Studies

Sabine Koller has been Professor of Slavic-Jewish Studies at the University of Regensburg since 2013. Her research interests include Slavic-Jewish and Yiddish literature, processes of cultural transfer and translation and the Eastern Jewish cultural renaissance. She is currently the director of the Promotionskolleg PUR and the Dean of Research of the Faculty of Languages, Literature and Cultures.

Jochen Mecke
UR, Romance Studies, Research Centre Spain

Jochen Mecke has been Professor for Romance Philology at the University of Regensburg since 1996. He completed his Habilitation at the University of Heidelberg and his PhD at Mannheim. His research focuses on Spanish and French literature, film and culture. He is director of Forschungszentrum Spanien (Research Centre on Spain) in Regensburg and was speaker of the CITAS Executive Board until December 2018. He is a member of the Leibniz ScienceCampus Board of Directors.

Olga Popova
IOS, Economics

Olga Popova holds a PhD in Economics from the Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education – Economics Institute (CERGE-EI), Prague, Czech Republic (2012), a M.A. in Economics from CERGE-EI (2007), and a B.A. in Economic Theory from the Department of Economics, Ural State University, Yekaterinburg, Russia (2005). Dr Popova joined the IOS Regensburg in October 2011. Since 2008, she also works as a Junior Researcher at the Economics Institute of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, and since 2009 as a Visiting Lecturer at Graduate School of Economics and Management, Ural Federal University, Yekaterinburg, Russia. She has been an editor of Südosteuropa. Journal of Politics and Society since May 2017. Her research interests include happiness economics, economics of religion, health economics, and applied econometrics with a special focus on emerging and transition economies.

Thomas Steger
UR, Business, Economics and Management Information Systems

Thomas Steger has held the Chair of Business Administration, specializing in Leadership and Organization, at the University of Regensburg since 2011. He completed his Habilitation and PhD at the Chemnitz University of Technology. His research interests include corporate governance and employee-owned companies.

Natali Stegmann
UR, East European Studies

Natali Stegmann has been the coordinator for research on Eastern Europe at the University of Regensburg and a professor at the chair of Southeast and Eastern Europe since 2009. Her research interests include the history of East-Central Europe, International Organisations, late socialism and gender and cultural history.


Cindy Wittke
IOS, International Law and Politics

Cindy Wittke graduated in international law and currently leads the Research Group on “Frozen and Unfrozen Conflicts“ at the Institute for East and Southeast European Studies (IOS), where she is working on several projects, including an exploration of international law in the post-Soviet space. She received her PhD from the Free University of Berlin. She is a member of the Leibniz ScienceCampus Board of Directors.


Doctoral Researchers

Jon Matlack
Maneuvering towards ‘The West’: U.S. Army-Bundeswehr joint War Games as Conduit for Western Identity Formation

Efthalia Prokopiou
Notions of Home in the Far Right “White Genocide” Narrative: A Multinational and Multilingual Approach to Contemporary Far Right Self-Representations in Europe and the Americas

Igor Stipić
The State and its Students: Hegemonic Structures, Subaltern Pedagogies, and Fractured Community in Bosnia and Chile

Vita Zelenska
What Does it Mean to Be a Refugee? Sites of Knowledge Production and Their Asymmetrical Entanglements


Further Participating Researchers

Anne Brüske
UR, Professor for Spatial Dimensions of Cultural Processes at DIMAS

Anne Brüske joined the Board of the ScienceCampus in October 2023. Her research and teaching focuses primarily on the borderlands and boundary areas of academic disciplines and cultural spaces. Her work spans cultural studies and sociology, addressing interdisciplinary questions relating to space as an aspect of cultural exchange and global dynamics.

Ger Duijzings
UR, Professor for Social Anthropology specializing in East and Southeast Europe

Ger Duijzings is supervisor of Igor Stipic and Vita Zelenska, two of the ScienceCampus doctoral researchers.

Astrid Ensslin
UR, Professor of Digital Cultures and Communication at DIMAS

Her research and teaching sit at the multiple intersections between digital media and game studies, cultural studies, literary studies, and applied linguistics.

Heidrun Hamersky
UR, Managing Director of the Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies (GS OSES)

Tamara Heger
UR, Doctoral Researcher in American Studies and Administrative Manager of the Regensburg European-American Forum (REAF)

Ralf Junkerjürgen
UR, Professor for Romance Cultural Studies (French/Spanish)

Ralf Junkerjürgen is supervisor of Daniela Weinbach, a former ScienceCampus doctoral researcher, and director of the Spanish Research Centre (CEH), one of the ScienceCampus partner institutions.

Rike Krämer-Hoppe
UR, Professor of Public Law and Transregional Norm Development at DIMAS and the Faculty of Law

Her research includes a focus on transnational environmental law and specialist knowledge on Brazil, India and the Global South.

Rainer Liedtke
UR, Chair of European History (Nineteenth and Twentieth Century)

Rainer Liedtke was first supervisor of Cornelius Merz, a former ScienceCampus doctoral researcher, and second supervisor to another ScienceCampus PhD student, Thalia Prokopiou.

Joanna Moszczyńska
UR, Center for International and Transnational Area Studies (CITAS)
Joanna Moszczyńska is a postdoctoral researcher at CITAS working on Latin American-East European connections. Having spent six months with Mecila in Sao Paolo, she will be at UR again funded by the DFG Walter Benjamin Programme. 

Jacqueline Nießer
UR, Postdoctoral Researcher at the Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies

Timothy Nunan
UR, Professor for Transregional Cultures of Knowledge at DIMAS

His broad research interests include the history of the Soviet Union in a global context; socialist internationalism; Soviet development aid in the Global South; Communist movements in the Global South; alternative international orders (Communism, Pan-Islamism, the Non-Aligned Movement, the New International Economic Order), and the history of international development.

Hubert Pöppel
UR, Professor for Romance Literary Studies and Manager of the Spanish Research Centre (CEH)
His research interests include a focus on German-Spanish connections and Latin America, especially Colombia.

Silke Roesler-Keilholz
UR, Assistant Professor (Akad. Rätin) at the Institute of Information and Media, Language and Culture (I:IMSK)

Her research focuses on European-American connections in surveilliance cultures, while she also has an interest in film, fashion, urban studies and cyberspace.

Dagmar Schmelzer
Associate Professor (Akad. Oberrätin) at the Institute of Romance Studies

Her research interests include connections between Québec and Europe in the realm of culture, politics and history.

Anna Steigemann
UR, Professor for Sociological Dimensions of Space at DIMAS

Her research includes a focus on urbanization, urban and social transformation research (e. g. urban-rural relations, translocal practices, globalization, transformation towards sustainability) that applies actor- and practice-based approaches, critical participation and governance research in international comparison

Juliane Tomann
UR, Professor for Public History

Her research interests include performative practices in historical culture (doing history) including historical reenactment in the USA, Germany, and Poland.

Pia Wiegmink
Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies; formerly at UR, Professor for American Studies (deputizing for Prof. Dr. Udo Hebel)


Support Staff

Angelika Braun
University of Regensburg - administration of third-party funding

Gresa Morina
Assistant to the Manager of the ScienceCampus

Barbara Stupka-Pleban
IOS - Manager of Third-Party Funding and Research Projects

Paul Vickers
UR, Manager of the ScienceCampus


Former participating researchers and staff


Richard Frensch
IOS, Economics
Richard Frensch was head of the Department of Economics at the Institute for East and Southeast European Studies (IOS). His research explores international trade, growth and convergence. He has worked for the United Nations and as an advisor for the governments of the Czech Republic and Ukraine. At the ScienceCampus, he was co-coorinator of the Research Module Trade and Institutions.

Cornelius Merz
Exploring Identity and Belonging through Spatial Relations – a Comparative Study of Cleveland and Leipzig, 1890–1930

Daniela Weinbach
Doctoral Student at Universität Regensburg: Dissertation Title – Transnationale Film-Remakes: Zwischen Interkulturalität und universeller Verständlichkeit

Fatima Khan
Student Assistant (SHK) at the ScienceCampus

Ioli Liedtke
Student Assistant (SHK) at the ScienceCampus

Simone Schneider
Student Research Assistant (WHK) at the ScienceCampus and student of the MA Programme in European-American Studies at UR

Cosimo Spangler
Student assistant (SHK) at the ScienceCampus; student of British Studies BA at UR.

Judith Steinmetz
Student Assistant (SHK) at the ScienceCampus, responsible for collaborating on the online lecture series European-American Entanglements with the vhb.