Dr. Michael Hein

University of Göttingen


2018/02/06 | Just published: The Constitutional Entrenchment Clauses Dataset. Göttingen: University of Göttingen 2018. Online

2017/12/22 | Just published: an article (in German) and an interview (in Bulgarian) on Bulgaria's upcoming Presidency of the Council of the European Union: Abschotten für die EU [Sealing off for the EU]. Jungle World, December 20, 2017, p. 18. Online | Хайн: България има шанс да подобри имиджа си сред европейските елити [Hein: Bulgaria has the chance to improve its image among the European elites]. Deutsche Welle, December 22, 2017. Online

2017/11/16 | Just published: Die Politisierung der Verfassungsgerichtsbarkeit. Eine ideengeschichtliche und systematische Begriffsrekonstruktion [The Politicization of Constitutional Review. A Conceptual Reconstruction in Historical and Systematic Perspective]. In: Jörn Knobloch and Thorsten Schlee (eds.), Unschärferelationen – Konstruktionen der Differenz von Politik und Recht. Wiesbaden: Springer VS 2018: 103–128, with Stefan Ewert. Download

About me

I am a political scientist at University of Göttingen, working as postdoc fellow at the Alexander von Humboldt Chair of Comparative Constitutionalism (Prof. Ran Hirschl). I have had previous appointments as postdoc fellow at Humboldt University of Berlin (2014–2017), as researcher at University of Greifswald (2006–2014) and as ERASMUS lecturer at Angel Kanchev University of Ruse (2013). Since 2015, I have been serving as Co-Speaker of the German Political Science Association's (DVPW) Standing Group ‘Comparative Politics’.

Most of my research centers around constitutional politics and constitutional courts. I approach these topics from a comparative perspective, applying both qualitative and quantitative methods. My research investigates both contemporary cases and historical developments. A significant portion of my research is geographically focused on the study of Southeast European polities, in particular Bulgaria and Romania.

I received my PhD in Political Science from University of Greifswald in January 2012. My PhD dissertation explored constitutional conflicts between politics and law in Bulgaria and Romania from 1991 until 2009, i.e. in two Southeast European countries during their transitions from state socialism to democracy and the rule of law.

Recently completed research projects were dedicated to the politicization of constitutional courts in European democracies, and to constitutional politics in post-socialist Central and Eastern Europe. My main current project investigates constitutional entrenchment clauses in historical, empirical and normative perspectives.

I teach both graduate and undergraduate courses in Comparative Politics and Political Theory/History of Political Thought. During more a decade of teaching, I have gathered the substantial experience of more than 15 different courses.

This website provides information about my research (publications, presentations, and replication data), teaching, media presence, and some additional information.

Please find here my CV in PDF format.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me!