Univ.-Prof. Dr.-phil. Hans-Jörg Sigwart

  Univ.-Prof. Dr.-phil. Hans-Jörg Sigwart Copyright: Peter Winandy

Dr. Hans-Jörg Sigwart has been University Professor of Political Theory and History of Ideas at the RWTH Faculty of Arts and Humanities since December 2018. Together with his team, he is engaged in research and teaching on the fundamental problems of political thought and its history from antiquity to the present.




Born 1969 in Aachen.


1992 to 1998

Studied political science, history and sociology at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU)


Doctorate in political science from FAU

2010 Habilitation/Postdoctoral lecturing qualification in political science from FAU


1999 to 2000 H. B. Earhart Research Fellow at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, USA
2002 to 2010

Research Assistant at the Institute of Political Science, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU)

2010 to 2018 Akademischer Oberrat/Research Associate at FAU
2013 to 2014 Interim Professor of Political Theory and History of Ideas at TU Darmstadt
2014 to 2015 Interim Professor of Political Science (Social Studies) at FAU
2015 to 2016 Thyssen Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Advanced Study, Central European University, Budapest/Hungary
2017 to 2018 Interim Professor of Political Theory and History of Ideas at RWTH Aachen University


Family: my partner and my two children
Free time: family, mountain hiking, playing football (currently not active, unfortunately), stories in any form (books, film, theater, et cetera)

There is nothing as practical as a good theory.

Kurt Lewin