Rector and University Administration and ICM teaching staff

The ASH is jointly led by a rectorship which is elected for a four year period. Currently, this rectorship consists of the Rector, Prof. Dr. Uwe Bettig and two vice Rectors. The rectorship is organized according to the executive board model. This means that the rectorship members independently administer and make decisions about the individual work areas. The Chancellor, Andreas Flegl, supports the rectorship and is the director of the university administration. Both the rectorship and the chancellor are charged with statutory tasks and authority as the controlling bodies of an educational institution.

The Academic Senate (parliament) is the law-making body of the University which also makes fundamental decisions about the University’s development. It is supported through commissions such as the Commission for Teaching and Studies, the Development Planning Commission, Commission for Research and Young Academics, and the Commission for Librarianships. All four status groups of the University (professors, instructors, students, and administrators) are represented in the committees mentioned with tasks such as staffing, financial, curricular and student services matters.

Academic Coordinator /Course director/ Lecturer:

Prof. Johannes Kniffki

ICM Course director . Lecturer and responsible for International Social Work at ASH, director of transnational and transcultural institute of social work Berlin (ITTS). Director of EU-ALFA Programme RELETRAN: a latinamerican-european network of universities and NGOs. Consultant and researcher for community development projects in Latin America and Asia. Lived and researched long years in Mexico, Cuba and Bolivia.


Lecturer: Dr. Norman Weiss

Norman Weiss, Doctor iuris (Mainz, 1999) habilitatus (Potsdam (2007) is, since 1994, researcher at the Human Rights Centre at the University of Potsdam, Germany. He served, 2000-2004, as a member of the Research-Group “Human rights and the protection of minorities” established by the German Commission Justitia et Pax and has been a member of the Research Council of the German United Nations Association since 2004, since 2010 he serves as the Council’s coordinator.
He has published extensively on various aspects of human rights, including the prohibition of torture, capital punishment, economic and social rights, domestic implementation of international human rights treaties and the international monitoring of human rights.
Other fields of interest are the law of international organisations (“Theory of the powers of International Organisations” Habilitationsschrift 2009 (in German); “Institutionalised Co-operation on International Communication: The International Administrative Unions as a Means of Governing Globalisation Processes”, in an edited volume by Roland Wenzlhuemer and Isabella Löhr, forthcoming)and aspects of the history of public international law (“Eighty Years Ago: Locarno Conference and Locarno Treaties Revisited”, in: Die Friedens-Warte 81 (2006) 2, 101-119 (in German) 


Lecturer: Dr. Aldo Beretta

Aldo R. Beretta holds a PhD in Philosophy from the National University of Mexico. He is a former member (2012-2014) of the Research Colloquium in Social Philosophy directed by Prof. Dr. Rahel Jaeggi at the Humboldt University of Berlin. Dr. Beretta currently serves as research associate at the Alice Salomon University of Applied Science and collaborates with the Forschungs- und Dokumentationszentrum Chile-Lateinamerika in Berlin. His research interests include Critical Theory, Capitalist Modernity, Economic Integration and World-System Analysis.


Lecturer: Christoph Werthman / Lisa Hinrichsen

Christoph Werthmann holds an M.A. in International Cultural and Ibero-American Studies from the University of Passau and is a PhD candidate in peace research. His areas of specialisation are political theory of peace and conflict, religious and intercultural conflicts, Transitional Justice, mediation and Civil Conflict Transformation. He is a trained mediator (Prof. Dr. Friedrich Glasl, Trigon 2008) and a certified Peace and Conflict Consultant (Academy for Conflict Transformation 2011). Work and study stays brought him to Peru, Spain, France, Syria, the Palestinian Territories and Namibia. He works as a freelance mediator, trainer, university lecturer and in a Berlin based community mediation center.

Lisa Hinrichsen:



Lecturer: Dr. Alissa Brook

Alissa Brook is a cultural historian (University of TA, IL and University of Maastricht, NL) and holds DEA in Gender Studies from Paris VIII. Her primary area of expertise is German social and cultural history in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Her research is performed along the lines of deconstructive discourse analysis and analysis of visual images. In the years 2004-2010 she taught courses in Arts, Social Sciences and European Studies in the University of Maastricht. Prior to that she had taught in a Holocaust Studies seminar in Israel and participated in a project of collecting testimonies of Holocaust survivors.


Lecturer: Dr. Alfredo Langa Herrero

Alfredo Langa Herrero is an economist (International Ph.D.) and has a Master degree in International Co-operation. He is a lecturer at the Pablo de Olavide University of Seville (Spain), University HTW-Berlin and Alice Salomon University-Berlin. He is also and researcher at the Institute of Conflict and Humanitarian Aid Studies (IECAH). He has experience, both nationally and internationally, in the implementation of environmental and development projects and studies, in carrying out assessments and in training and research. He has mainly been working and training in the following areas: International Economics and European Union, International Co-operation, Logical Framework Approach, Humanitarian Action, Environmental planning, Sustainable development and rural development. He was also a Red Cross delegate in Sudan, Ethiopia and Guatemala.


Lecturer: Dr. Ezequiel Luis Bistoletti

Born in Argentina, Ezequiel Luis Bistoletti studied the Degree in Political Science at the University of Buenos Aires. He later completed a Master's Degree in Latin American Interdisciplinary Studies at the Free University of Berlin as a fellow in the Alban program of the European Union. He currently participates in the PhD program "Global Social Policies and Governance" of the University of Kassel. In his doctoral research he studies the power struggles behind the postneoliberal reforms of social security systems in Ecuador and Venezuela.


Lecturer: Dr. Christian Tuschhoff

Christian Tuschhoff is a political scientist specializing in international relations. He taught at

Several universities in Germany and the United States including Free University Berlin, Mainz University, Frankfurt University, The Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, and Emory University. His research interest is in security studies, transatlantic relations, alliances, and foreign policy analysis. Moreover, he taught classes as a guest lecturer at the MGIMO University, Moscow and Waseda University, Tokyo. He frequently comments on recent events in International relations in German and foreign media. Christian Tuschhoff received a masters degree from University of Munich in1998, a Ph.D. and a

Habilitations degree from the Free University Berlin in1988 and1998 respectively.


Lecturer: Dr. Andrea Pflöger

My name is Andrea Plöger. I was born 1970 in Münster, Westfalia/ Germany. I am an activist in social movements for more than 25 years. After school I worked in a place for street children in Brazil and then in different projects in Latin America. Since then I have been working in different “conflictive environments”, e.g. as an NGO campaigner in the Kurdish region, trying to build a campaign for the survival of the ancient Kurdish town of Hasankeyf.

I also worked in the field of video and communication, especially with the Globalization Critical Movements and the World Social Forum Process. I wrote my doctoral thesis on the medial representation, strategies and communication in the World Social Forum Process.

Since making a documentary about the Caravan for Free Movement and Just Development from Bamako/ Mali to the World Social Forum in Dakar/ Senegal in early 2011, I am also an activist with Afrique-Europe-Interact. Last year, together with activists from the Refugees and Migrants Justice Movement, we founded the initiative education no limitation for the equal access of refugees and migrants to (university) education and also for the integration of post-colonial and migrants' perspectives into the curriculum.


Lecturer: Dr. Lilian Schwalb

Lilian Schwalb is a political and administrative scientist holding a Diploma in „Verwaltungswissenschaft“ from University of Konstanz, Germany (equiv. to M.Sc. politics and management) and a PhD from University of Münster (Institute of Political Sciences/ Graduate School of Politics). Her thesis was supervised by Prof. Dr. Annette Zimmer and funded by a scholarship of Heinrich Böll Foundation.

Since 2012 Schwalb is working for the National Network for Civil Society (Bundesnetzwerk Bürgerschaftliches Engagement, BBE). She is responsible for the division „network support and network development strategies“. BBE is linking organizations from the third sector and civil society, business and work life and federal/ community institutions with the goal of strengthening civil society and civic involvement.
Befor she was a researcher for the Governments First Civic Engagement Report (2009-12). At the Reports office located at Humbold University of Berlin she supported the commissions’ work and coordinated social scientific research. For several years she was involved in research and university teaching, mainly at the chair of Prof. Zimmer, WWU Münster, worked in different projects and as free-lancing editorial journalist.

In all her activities Schwalb is interested in interfaces between politics, economy, science and (civil) society. Her focus lies on inter-sectoral cooperation, nonprofit organizations, innovation, organizational development, civic involvement, networks, local governance and politics and public policy/ policy fields.

Lecturer: Dr. Jule-Marie Lorenzen
Jule-Marie Lorenzen is a sociologist and graduated with diploma from Technical University Berlin in 2010. After working in an application-oriented research project for two years, she became a stipendiary of Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung to complete her Ph.D. Her lecturing focus layed on qualitative methods of empirical sociology, sociological basics and issues of educational systems. Her research interests and publication focuses are transitions in educational biographies, methods of empirical research, sociology of knowledge, social structure and inequality.


Lecturer: Dr. C. Aiden Downey is an Educational Anthropologist at the Collaborative Inquiry Group LLC (CIG), a research and consulting firm dedicated to helping people find cultural solutions to institutional problems. Before founding CIG, Aiden served as the Director of Undergraduate Studies at the Division of Educational Studies at Emory University.  A former teacher with experience in public, private and urban schools, Aiden has taught science on the elementary, middle school and high school levels. He also holds a Masters in Teaching and a PhD in Education, Culture and Society from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education and is certified to teach chemistry, biology, physics and physical science. Dr. Downey has held the Myer Horowitz Research Fellowship at the Centre for Teacher Education and Development at the University of Alberta, a National Academy of Education Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship and been selected as a Council of Anthropology and Education Presidential Fellow.  He also lectures in the Intercultural Conflict Management Program at the Alice Solomon Hochschule University of Applied Sciences located in Berlin, Germany. Dr. Downey’s research and work focuses on teachers, school culture and educational change. He has written on teacher education, reflective inquiry, teacher knowledge, school culture and teacher identity.  His work has been international, as well, as his collaboration with Jean Clandinin and Lee Schaefer resulted in an award-winning book that breaks new ground in our understanding of the narrative, personal and embodied nature of teacher knowledge. 

Dr. Downey co-founded the Workshop School in 2010, a highly innovative and award-winning expanding urban public high school located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  More recently, he helped create the Clarkston Roving Listener Project, which engages the youth from a refugee resettlement community in learning how to listen to and learn from community stories. A former pharmacist and Marine veteran of Operation Desert Storm, Aiden lives in Decatur, Georgia with his spouse and two daughters.


Lecturer: Dr. Katharina Gallant

Dr. Katharina Gallant is a cultural anthropologist who holds a PhD in Historical Ethnology from Frankfurt University and a M.A. in North American Regional Studies from Bonn University. Her past research has been concerned with issues of ethnic identity and interculturality, focusing on Bolivia and the US, as well as with intergroup relations and collective victimhood. She has worked with NGOs in Bolivia and Peru in multidisciplinary and multicultural teams fostering gender equality and indigenous peoples' land rights as well as children's well-being through providing psychological support. She currently works at the Center for Development Research (ZEF), an institute of Bonn University whose main objective is to find science-based solutions to development-related issues. Her core responsibilities at ZEF address the problem of food price volatility and the potential and challenge of migration.

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