Sebastian Hellmeier

Political Science
Year 2022

Universität Konstanz

Fachbereich Politik- und Verwaltungswissenschaften

Postfach 84
Universitätsstraße 10
78464 Konstanz

Portrait of Sebastian Hellmeier. He smiles, has reddish-blond hair and blue eyes.
Photo: David Ausserhofer

Research areas

  • Authoritarian regimes

  • Protests and contentious politics

  • Democratisation and autocratisation


  • since 04/2023
    Interim professor, University of Konstanz

  • since 6/2021
    Postdoc, Berlin Social Science Center, Research Unit Transformations of Democracy

  • 09/2019-05/2021
    Postdoc, Varieties of Autocracy (V-Aut) Project, V-Dem Institute, University of Gothenburg

  • 09/2018-12/2018
    Guest researcher, Duke University

  • 12/2015-12/2019
    PhD student at the Graduate School of Decision Sciences, University of Konstanz

  • 12/2015-08/2019
    Research Associate, Mass Mobilization in Autocracies Database (MMAD) Project, University of Konstanz

  • 01/2015-06/2015
    Research Associate, Horizon 2020 funding application, Institut Barcelona D'Estudis Internacionals

  • 09/2014-09/2015
    Research Master in Political Science (M.Res.), Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona

  • 10/2013-08/2014
    European Master in Government (M.A.), University of Konstanz

  • 10/2013-08/2014
    Research Assistant, Comparative Analysis of Moral Policy Change (MORAPOL) Project, University of Konstanz

  • 01/2011-02/2011
    Intern, Research Assistant, GIGA Institute of Latin American Studies

  • 09/2009-08/2012
    Political Science with minor in Hispanic Studies (B.A.), University of Mannheim

Selection of


    • Salon Sophie Charlotte 2023

      Aufklärung 2.0

      In 2023, the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities will once again open its doors to the public and invite visitors to the Salon Sophie Charlotte - this year under the motto "Enlightenment 2.0. The ten members of Die Junge Akademie who joined in the summer of 2022 will participate in the Salon with their own activity.


      Starts on

      Event access: Public

      Berlin-Bradenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Markgrafenstraße 38, 10117 Berlin


    • Unspoken

      Under the title "Ungesagtes" ("Unspoken"), the five articles and one discussion deal with aspects that one would tend to contrast with and deduct from the ideal of objectivity of science as "subjective" parts. On the one hand, it is about what the researching subject brings into the scientific work in often subtle ways: own views, emotions, values, personal beliefs. On the other hand, the influence of everything subjective on human behavior is itself also a topic of research.


      Garvin Brod, Simon Wolfgang Fuchs, Julia Gurol, Sebastian Hellmeier, Viola Priesemann, Mira Sievers

      Berlin 2023