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Simon Rothers


Simon Rothers

Doctoral Researcher
at the Department for Political Science


Justus Liebig University Gießen
Department of Political Science

Karl-Glöckner-Strasse 21E

35394 Giessen


Philosophikum II Room E011a

☎ 0049 641 99-23147

Office Hour

Summer term 2021: tuesday 12am - 2pm after previous appointment via mail



since April 2018

Junior Researcher at the Department of Political Science, Justus-Liebig University Giessen


October 2014 - March 2017

Student Assistant at the Department of Political Science (Prof. Dr. Andrea Gawrich & Prof. Dr. Breitmeier), Justus-Liebig University Giessen


April 2011 - March 2012

Student Assistant at the Department of Medical Sociology (Prof. Dr. Kuhlmey), Charité Medical School Berlin




M.A. Democracy & Governance, Justus-Liebig- University Giessen (Erasmus+ Exchange with Universidad Complutense de Madrid)


2008-2011 and 2013-2015

B.A. Social Sciences, Humboldt University Berlin & JLU Giessen (Erasmus-Exchange with Sciences Po Toulouse)



Abitur Hölderlin Gymnasium (High School), Heidelberg



International Graduate Center for the Study of Culture (GCSC), Giessen, member

Research areas: Research Area 3: Cultural Transformation and Performativity Studies and ETRG Religion in the Study of Culture

Section "Political Sociology" of the German Sociological Association (DGS), member

GGS section "International Security and Statehood", Justus-Liebig-Universität, Gießen, speaker

GGS section "Political Education", Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen, member

Research colloquium on civil society by Maecenata Stiftung für Zivilgesellschaft, Berlin/München, member

Institut für Protest- und Bewegungsforschung (IPB), Berlin, member



Dissertation project

--under revision--

Since February 2018



Fields of interest

- Civil Society / Social Movements

- Authoritarianism/totalitarianism

- MENA region (Middle-East-North-Africa)

- Political & sociological theory

- Religion/secularity from a social sciences perspective



Rothers, Simon (2018): The Role of Civil Society in the Tunisian Transformation Process, Opuscula 122, Berlin/München: Maecenata Institut für Philanthropie und Zivilgesellschaft. Online hier verfügbar.

Edward Djordjevic; Christoph Held; Rothers, Simon; Miriam Yosef (2021): “Conference Report on ‘Solidarity in Times of Crisis’”. KULT_online, no. 63 (April).

Conference contributions

Nasibov, Murad; Rothers, Simon (2019): Social Impetus for Political Activism within Authoritarian Regimes: The Case of Azerbaijan, presented at the workshop: “Why to fight against dictatorship at high personal costs? Studying political activism and its leadership in autocracies”, organized by Netzwerk External Democracy Promotion (EDP), HSFK Frankfurt am Main, 17. und 18. Januar 2019



Summer term 2022

Autoritarismus A & B

Winter term 2021/22

Einführung in die Politische Bildung A & B Schwerpunkt Politische Partizipation

Summer term 2021

Autoritarismus A & B

Winter term 2020/21

Autoritarismen im Vergleich (LA PoWi)

Einführung in die Politische Bildung A Schwerpunkt Partizipation (teachers' basic political education)

Einführung in die Politische Bildung B Schwerpunkt Partizipation (teachers' basic political education)

Summer term 2020

Autoritär, Autorität, Autoritarismus A (teachers' basic political education)

Autoritär, Autorität, Autoritarismus B (teachers' basic political education)

Winter term 2019/20

- Einführung in die Politische Bildung A Diversität & postmigrantische Gesellschaft

- Einführung in die Politische Bildung B Diversität & postmigrantische Gesellschaft

Summer term 2019

- Politische Ideologien in der Spätmoderne A (Grundwissenschaften Lehramt Aufbaumodul)

- Politische Ideologien in der Spätmoderne B (Grundwissenschaften Lehramt Aufbaumodul)

Winter term 2018/19

- Europäische (Zivil)gesellschaften (Bachelor Social Sciences)

- Einführung in die politische Bildung Schwerpunkt Europa (Grundwissenschaften Lehramt Grundmodul)

Summer term 2018

- Liberalismus eine Einführung A (Grundwissenschaften Lehramt Grundmodul)

- Liberalismus eine Einführung B (Grundwissenschaften Lehramt Grundmodul)

Teaching abroad

Seminar "The role of civil society for democratization. Comparing Northern Africa and Central-Eastern-Europe" as part of the Erasmus Staff Teaching Week at the Catholic University Lille / France (18/11/2019 - 22/11/2019