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Claus Leggewie (born 1950) is a professor of political science and, since autumn 2015, the first holder of the Ludwig Börne professorship at the JLU as a senior professor at the ZMI. After studying social sciences and history in Cologne and Paris, he did his doctorate and habilitation at the University of Göttingen. He has been a professor at the Justus Liebig University Giessen since 1989 and was a visiting professor at the University of Paris-Nanterre and New York University (Max Weber Chair). He was also a fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna, the Remarque Institute at New York University, and the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. In 2001, he founded, together with Henning Lobin, the Centre for Media and Interactivity at the JLU. He was also a project director at the SFB 434 "Remembrance Cultures." From 2007 to 2015, Leggewie was on leave from the JLU and acted as the director of the Cultural Studies Institute (KWI) in Essen and the Center for Global Cooperation Research in Duisburg. From 2008 to 2016, he was a member of the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU), which publishes annual main and special reports.

Leggewie is co-editor of the book series "Climate & Cultures" (Leiden), "Interaktiva" (Frankfurt / New York), and the "Routledge Global Cooperation Series" (London), as well as the magazines Transit (Vienna, until 2018) and Blätter (Berlin). Leggewie holds an honorary doctor of theology at the University of Rostock, is the winner of the University Prize of the University of Duisburg-Essen, and was awarded the Order of Merit of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia and the Sander Prize of New York University for services in transatlantic science communication.

In 2015, he published his autobiography Politische Zeiten.- Beobachtungen von der Seitenlinie ("Political Times. Observations from the sideline", Munich). His main personal interest include global pop, the arts, theatre and opera, soccer, and hiking.

Leggewie regularly publishes essays and reports in daily and weekly newspapers (FAZ, SZ, FR, taz, Handelsblatt, NZZ, Berliner Zeitung, ZEIT, Spiegel) and magazines (Kursbuch, Freibeuter, Lettre International, Le Monde diplomatique, Blätter, Merkur, Sinn und Form, New York Review of Books, Wirtschaftsdienst, Brandeins, Rolling Stone, etc.) and via national broadcasting outlets.