Florian Hessel

Florian Hessel studied Social Science (Social Psychology and Social Theory, Sociology, Political Science, Social and Economic History, Methods and Statistics) at the Ruhr-University Bochum. Among others, he held positions as research assistant at the Center for Interdisciplinary Memory Research at the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI), free scientific advisor for the Federal Agency for Civic Education (Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung) and research assistant at the Ruhr-University Bochum. Since 2013 he teaches courses in Social Psychology and Social Theory at the Faculty of Social Science at the Ruhr-University Bochum.


He works in political civic education and antisemitism prevention, and is a founding member of Bagrut (בגרות). Verein zur Förderung demokratischen Bewusstseins e.V.


He is member of the editorial board of the Journal for Critical Social Theory and Philosophy/Zeitschrift für kritische Sozialtheorie und Philosophie.






His doctoral thesis advised by Prof. Jürgen Straub centers around transnational sociation and the perception of China in the 21st century.

His areas of research, publication and teaching include the political psychology of antisemitism, authoritarianism and prejudice, "conspiracy theories", cultures of remembrance and national-socialism, foundations of intercultural and political civic education, history and methods of Social Psychology and Social Theory, and media of popular culture (film, comic and subcultures).



List of publications by Florian Hessel.


E-Mail: Florian.Hessel@rub.de