Professor Andrea Szukala joined the department in march 2015.
She took an undergraduate degree in Franco-German Studies at Sorbonne University (Licence, 1989), a Masters in Political Science at University of Cologne (1994), and then completed her Ph.D. (Dr. rer. pol., scl/distinction) at the Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences at the University of Cologne (2002). She was researcher at the Department of Political Science at Cologne University (1994-95, 1996-2000, 2002-2008, from 2004 as a visiting lecturer) and at the Humboldt University of Berlin (1995-96). In 2008 she joined the Department of Sociology of the University of Bielefeld to do classroom research in social science education (2008-2014). She was promoted to a professorship for Citizenship Education at the University of Siegen (2013), and a professorship for Social Science Didactics the University of Muenster (2014) and University of Wuppertal (2015, declined). She was awarded several scholarships and grants inter alia from the Republic of France, the German Research Foundation (DFG), the German Academic Exchange Council (DAAD) and the Bayer Foundation.
Her recent research interests include knowledge politics and curriculum design practices; teacher education and diversity; metacognition and inquiry learning. Latest publications have centered on the nature of social sciences and the curriculum (2015, with O. Krebs, Die Ordnung des sozialwissenschaftlichen Wissens), on social studies teachers from diverse backgrounds (2014, Diversity und die Professionsnarrative junger Lehramtsstudierender; 2013 Heterogeneous teacher recruitment and social studies didactics) and on social stratification in citizenship education (2015, Inklusiver Unterricht in den sozialwissenschaftlichen Fächern der Sekundarstufe). She is reviewer for several peer-journals such as the Journal of Social Science Education, Diskurs Kindheits- und Jugendforschung, Interdisciplines, Nordidactica - Journal for Humanities and Social Science Education, European Journal of Teacher Education (EJTE).
Andrea Szukala also has a broad work-experience outside of academia: She was inter alia head of the Franco-German-relations department at the ASKO-Foundation for Education and Research (2000-2001) and from 2003-2008 she worked as a teacher for social studies and economics at Friedrich-List school at Bonn-Bad Godesberg. She is the editor of several social studies textbooks, tutorials and online teaching materials and she worked as a didactical consultant e.g. for the Office of Citizenship Education in North-Rhine-Westfalia, Düsseldorf. She is speaker of the SOWI-online project group and of the DVPW-Section Citizenship Education, vice-president of the DVPB/NRW and she is in charge of GRAFSTAT, the online learning platform for inquiry learning in citizenship education of the German Federal Agency for Civic Education, Berlin.