Torben Lütjen, Visiting Associate Professor of European Studies and Political Science
Torben Lütjen is the DAAD Visiting Associate Professor for European Studies and Political Science, through a joint appointment of the Max Kade Centre for German and European Studies and Vanderbilt’s Department of Political Science. Prior to his arrival at Vanderbilt, he was the acting director of the Institute for Democracy Research at the University of Göttingen in Germany. From 2009-2015 he headed a research group at the University of Düsseldorf that explored the mechanisms behind different levels of ideological polarization in the USA and Europe, funded by a Schumpeter-Fellowship of the Volkswagen-Foundation. His research interests include comparative politics, American politics, political parties, sociology of knowledge and methods of political ethnography.
In Spring 2017, Torben taught “The Rise of Right-Wing Populist Parties in Advanced Democracies” and “West European Politics.” In the fall of 2017, he will teach “Social Movements” and “Ideological polarization in Historical and Comparative Perspective.”