Lars Rensmann, Research Fellow

Lars Rensmann is Professor of Political Science and Comparative Government at the University of Passau (from April 1, 2022). From 2016 to 2022, he was Professor of European Politics and Society at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, where he also served as the Founding Director of the Centre for the Study of Democratic Cultures and Politics and as Chair of the Department of European Languages and Cultures. Prior to this, he was the Chair of the Department of Political Science and International Affairs at John Cabot University in Rome and DAAD Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan. Rensmann has held various other research, teaching and honorary appointments around the world, including Yale University, the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Vienna, the LMU Munich, Haifa University, and the Freie Universität Berlin. Rensmann has published widely on global and comparative politics; populism, democracy, autocracy, authoritarianism, and antisemitism; global political theory; and global politics & sports. 

His books include The Politics of Unreason: The Frankfurt School and the Origins of Antisemitism (SUNY Press, 2017), Politics and Resentment: Antisemitism and Counter-Cosmopolitanism in the European Union (Brill, co-edited with Julius H. Schoeps, 2011), Arendt and Adorno (Stanford UP, co-edited with Samir Gandesha), Authoritarianism and Democracy (Wochenschau Verlag, 2011, co-authored with Hajo Funke and Steffen Hagemann, in German), Gaming the World: How Sports are Reshaping Global Politics and Culture (Princeton UP, co-authored with Andrei S. Markovits, 2010), and Democracy and the Image of Jews (Springer VS, 2004, in German).

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