New professors appointed in 2023

Prof. Dr. Sarah Albiez-Wieck
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Prof. Dr. Sarah Albiez-Wieck
(Faculty of History)

Sarah Albiez-Wieck has been a professor in the Department of History since October 2022. After studying Latin American regional studies at the universities of Cologne, Bonn, Lisbon and Mexico City, she completed her doctorate in Bonn in ethnology with a special focus on ancient American studies in cooperation with the Mexican Colegio de Michoacán. She was managing director of a joint project in Cologne and a research assistant at the Department of Iberian and Latin American History in Cologne. She held junior professorships in Bochum and Cologne. In the summer semester of 2023, she conducted research in Argentina as a Feodor Lynen Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

Sarah Albiez-Wieck is primarily concerned with the history of the Spanish colonial empire, especially in Hispano-America and also in the Philippines. At the center of her interest are social categories and differentiations, which she examined in her habilitation on the basis of tax categories. In a more recent project, she is approaching these by analyzing visual representations in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In addition, she is currently working with Raquel Gil Montero (Argentina) on the account of a Spanish farmer who traveled through America for years at the End of the 17th century.

Faculty of History and Philosophy

Prof. Dr. Sebastian Bernhardt
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Prof. Dr. Sebastian Bernhardt
(Faculty of Philology)

Sebastian Bernhardt has been Professor of Literature and Media Didactics at the Department of German Studies since September 2023. He completed his studies in German, Philosophy and French at Kiel University in 2012 with a doctorate in literary studies. He initially worked at the Center for Cultural Studies Research Lübeck and as a project manager for the redesign of the permanent exhibition at Buddenbrook House and the Heinrich and Thomas Mann Center of the Hanseatic City of Lübeck. From 2015, he worked in the Department of Didactics of German Language and Literature at the Technical University of Braunschweig, where he completed his habilitation in 2022 with a thesis on "Literary-aesthetic learning in the exhibition space". Most recently, he has held the professorship for German literature and its didactics at the University of Education in Schwäbisch Gmünd since 2020.

In his research, Sebastian Bernhardt is particularly interested in the question of transmedial narratology and its didactics. He pursues narrative as an artistic form of expression through different media. He is particularly interested in the area of extracurricular learning in literature and media lessons and develops ways of incorporating exhibitions as part of German lessons. He also focuses on diversity-oriented, power-reflexive and racism-critical literature and media lessons.

Faculty of Philology

Prof. Dr. Timo Brockmeyer
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Prof. Dr. Timo Brockmeyer
(Faculty of Psychology and Sports Science)

Timo Brockmeyer has been a professor at the Department of Psychology since October 2023, where he established the new Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy Unit and heads the associated Psychotherapy Outpatient Clinic. He studied psychology at Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, where he completed his doctorate in the same subject. Before Timo Brockmeyer moved to the Clinic for Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf as Head Psychologist for Research, where he habilitated in experimental psychosomatics and psychotherapy research, he worked as a research assistant and psychotherapist at the Clinic for Internal Medicine and Psychosomatics at Heidelberg University Hospital and as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at King's College London. In 2018, he accepted an appointment as Professor of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy at the University of Göttingen. There, in addition to his department, he headed the university outpatient clinic for research and teaching, the continuing education course in psychological psychotherapy and the associated training outpatient clinic.

Timo Brockmeyer is primarily concerned with the question of how eating disorders and depression develop and are maintained and how they can be treated effectively. He concentrates on affective, cognitive and interpersonal processes. A central element of this is the translation of findings from basic research into new, particularly technology-supported, neurobiologically based and pharmacological-psychological interventions. In doing so, he is increasingly focusing on transdiagnostic approaches. At the same time, he is investigating the mechanisms of action of existing treatment and prevention methods in order to improve their effectiveness.

Faculty of Psychology/Sport and Exercise Sciences

Prof. Dr. Juliane Gerland
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Prof. Dr. Juliane Gerland
(Faculty of Music)

Juliane Gerland has been Professor of Music Education with a focus on special educational needs and inclusion at the Institute of Music Education since November 2023. After studying instrumental pedagogy, elementary music education and music therapy at the universities in Cologne/Wuppertal and Heidelberg, she completed her doctorate in music and special education at TU Dortmund University. At the same time, she worked as a music teacher for several years.

In her research, she focuses on inclusive music education, digitalization in music education and pedagogical professionalization in extracurricular music education. The aim is to find out how music education structures can develop with a view to the diversity of society, but also to what extent music-making as an artistic form of interaction has inclusive potential. Before moving to the University of Münster, she was Professor of Music in Childhood Education and Social Action Fields at Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences, and before that Junior Professor of Cultural Education and Inclusion at the University of Siegen.

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Prof. Dr. Tanja Grammer
(Faculty of Medicine)

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Prof. Dr. Vitali Gretschko
(Faculty of Economic Sciences)

Since July 2023, Vitali Gretschko has been teaching and researching at the Faculty of Economics in the field of economics with a focus on environmental, resource and energy economics. He studied mathematics at the University of Münster and completed his doctorate in economics at the University of Cologne. He then worked as a postdoc at the University of Cologne. Before accepting the call to Münster, he was Professor of Market Design at the University of Mannheim and headed the Market Design research area at the Leibniz Center for European Economic Research.

His research focuses on market design. His aim is to develop, simulate and experimentally test rules for stable and functional markets and institutions and finally to scientifically support the implementation of these rules. Among other things, his research contributes to the design of the energy transition, energy market design (local, regional, national and European) and the design of green finance products.

 

Prof. Dr. Thomas Hanke
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Prof. Dr. Thomas Hanke
(Faculty of Catholic Theology)

Thomas Hanke has been Professor of Philosophical Foundations of Theology and Director of the Seminary of the same name since October 2023. After studying philosophy and theology in Frankfurt am Main, Münster and Rome, he received his doctorate from the University of Münster in 2011. His dissertation was awarded the Sybille Hahne Prize. In 2018, he completed his habilitation at Goethe University in Frankfurt. Several research stays took him to the University of Cambridge (UK). He taught as a lecturer and later as an honorary professor at the Philosophisch-Theologische Hochschule Sankt Georgen in Frankfurt and at the University of Erfurt before taking up a professorship at the University of Münster in 2020.

Thomas Hanke's research focuses on modern/modern philosophy and its reception in the present, as well as systematically on the philosophy of the subject and philosophy of religion. His current projects include the edition of Immanuel Kant's "Religionsschrift" (1793/94) in the revised academy edition of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities. At the University of Münster, he is dedicated to establishing a Center for Enlightenment and Idealism Research. Under this umbrella, the contextualization of Kant's philosophy of religion within the philosophy and theology of the Enlightenment period will be intensified, as well as the systematic question of the connection between the constitution of norms and the interpretation of history, which is an important motif of a current "Hegel renaissance".

Faculty of Catholic Theology

Prof. Dr. Michaela Hailbronner
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Prof. Dr. Michaela Hailbronner
(Faculty of Law)

Michaela Hailbronner has held the Chair of German and International Public Law and Comparative Law at the University of Münster since January 2023. She passed her state examinations at the University of Freiburg and the Berlin Court of Appeal and subsequently obtained a master's degree and then her doctorate at Yale Law School. Since then, she has researched and taught in Germany and abroad, including at the University of Pretoria in South Africa, the University of Ottawa in Canada and most recently as part of a tenure-track professorship at the University of Giessen. Michaela Hailbronner is involved in a number of German and international networks and collaborations, including as a member of the Advisory Board of the International Journal of Constitutional Law (ICON) and on the Advisory Board of the "Thüringen24 Project" of the Verfassungsblog and, from 2024, as the successor to Marta Cartabia as Co-President of the International Society of Public Law (ICON-S).

Her research focuses on comparative public law and constitutional theory as well as European law. She is particularly interested in how public law can shape the role and relationship of state institutions to each other and in interaction with cultural and political factors, for example in dealing with the failure and dysfunctionality of state institutions. She is also currently working on questions of defensive democracy and how legal mechanisms can meaningfully protect the constitutional state and democracy without unduly impairing democratic openness.

Faculty of Law

Prof. Dr. Stefanie Kemme

Prof. Dr. Stefanie Kemme
(Faculty of Law)

Stefanie Kemme has been Professor of Criminology at the University of Münster since April 2023. She studied psychology and law at the Freie Universität and Humboldt-Universität in Berlin as well as at the Università Degli Studi Roma Tre. At the Justus Liebig University in Giessen, she initially worked as a research assistant at the Chair of Criminology, Juvenile Criminal Law and Correctional Law and obtained her doctorate in law in 2007. She worked in France for several years and also completed her legal clerkship there. After working as a lawyer for a commercial law firm in Berlin, she moved to the Criminological Research Institute of Lower Saxony as a project manager in 2009. From 2011 to 2015, she was a junior professor of criminal law at the University of Hamburg and from 2015 to 2023 a professor of criminology and criminal law at the Hamburg Police Academy.

Her research focuses on police and justice, processes of formal social control, prejudices, stereotypes and cognitive biases in the context of police work as well as judicial errors. She also focuses on fear of crime and punitivity, juvenile delinquency and criminal law, drug use and policy, crime forecasting, and intercultural criminological issues. In a recently completed research project, she investigated confirmation bias in the context of police investigations. She is currently working on the nature and development of democracy-related attitudes, values and associated practices in the police. At the University of Münster, she is also focusing on the effects of sanctions and legislation as well as changes in police and judicial work through AI-supported systems.

Faculty of Law

Prof. Dr. Kornelius Kerl
(Faculty of Medicine)

Kornelius Kerl has been head oft he division of Paediatric Oncology at the Department of Paediatric Haematology and Oncology since November 2023. He studied medicine at the Philipps University of Marburg, where he completed his doctorate at the Institute of Tumour Biology. After completing his specialist training in paediatrics at Münster University Hospital, he worked as a postdoc at the Institute for Molecular Tumour Biology in Münster. Kornelius Kerl specialises in the treatment of children and adolescents with brain tumours. He also specialises in counselling families with genetic tumour predisposition syndromes.

His research focuses on uncovering mechanisms of cellular heterogeneity and cellular communication in childhood tumours. Kornelius Kerl and his team are investigating what information tumour cells exchange with infiltrating cells and what properties this communication contributes to (e.g. in the development of resistance to a therapy).

 

Prof. Dr. Stefan Korch
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Prof. Dr. Stefan Korch
(Faculty of Law)

Stefan is a Professor of Corporate Law, Capital Markets Law, and Bankruptcy Law. Before joining University of Muenster Law School, Stefan was a senior research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law in Hamburg. He also taught corporate law and capital markets law at Bucerius Law School, where he earned his post-doctoral qualification (habilitation) in December 2022 based on his monograph on M&A contracts. Previously, he served as a law clerk (Referendar) at the Nuremberg Court of Appeals and worked for an international law firm in Munich and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Trained in law, economics, and business administration, Stefan holds several degrees, amongst them an LL.M. from Harvard Law School and a PhD from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. In his PhD thesis (2015), he examines how insights on actual human behavior and preferences can be integrated into law and economics, using the example of tort law. During his doctoral studies, he worked as a research fellow and lecturer at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg Law School and attended Duke Law School as a visiting scholar and Gibson Dunn fellow.

His research is devoted to corporate and bankruptcy law, capital markets, contracts, and torts, with a special focus on M&A contracts, corporate restructuring, and ESG in corporate and commercial law.

Faculty of Law

Prof. Dr. Jakub Krukar
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Juniorprofessor Dr. Jakub Krukar
(Institute for Geoinformatics)
 

Jakub Krukar has been a junior professor at the Institute of Geoinformatics since July 2023. After completing his master's degree in psychology in Warsaw, he earned his doctorate at the University of Northumbria in Newcastle upon Tyne. He then worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Geoinformatics in Münster. During this time, he was also a Visiting Fellow at the Future Cities Lab in Singapore.

Jakub Krukar works in the field of spatial cognition - a branch of cognitive science that investigates how people think about, in and with space. The aim of his research is to improve evidence-based architectural design by integrating psychological insights into spatial cognition with algorithmic methods for spatial design and analysis. This requires the use of a diverse set of methodological tools, ranging from virtual reality and empirical in-the-wild studies to spatiotemporal data analyses and mobile eye-tracking. Guided by the principles of "use-inspired basic research", his focus is on solving real-world challenges that push the boundaries of existing research methods and theories.

Faculty of Geosciences

 

 

Prof. Dr. Tim Lämmermann
(Faculty of Medicine)

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Prof. Dr. Iris Niehues
(Fachbereich Physik)

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Prof. Dr. Rainhild Schäfers
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Prof. Dr. Rainhild Schäfers
(Faculty of Medicine)

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Prof. Dr. Katharina Schmidt
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Prof. Dr. Katharina Schmidt
(Faculty of Protestant Theology)

Katharina Schmidt has been Junior Professor of Biblical Archaeology since October 2023. This is a joint appointment with the German Archaeological Institute in conjunction with the German Protestant Institute of Archaeology. In addition to her teaching and research activities at the University of Münster, Katharina Schmidt also works as an academic consultant in Jerusalem and Amman.

She studied Near Eastern Archaeology, Assyriology and Pre- and Protohistory and Archaeology at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) in Munich and the Sorbonne in Paris. In 2016, she completed her doctorate at the Graduate School "Distant Worlds" at LMU on glass production in the Iron Age of Mesopotamia, and was also a fellow of the Research Training Group "Value and Equivalence" at Goethe University Frankfurt and a visiting researcher at University College London. She is currently working on her habilitation on Iron Age statues from the Kingdom of Ammon. Before coming to Münster, Katharina Schmidt was Director of the W. F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem (2022 - 2023) and Director of the German Protestant Institute of Antiquities of the Holy Land in the Jordanian capital Amman (2016 - 2022).

Katharina Schmidt has conducted field work throughout the Middle East, including Jordan, Syria and Turkey. Her research focuses on the Bronze and Iron Ages in the Eastern Mediterranean and Mesopotamia, ancient crafts, especially glass; she also researches iconographic topics. In the Amman Archaeological Project, she investigates the archaeological remains of the kingdom of Ammon. The excavations at the Amman Citadel, the royal seat of the Ammonite rulers, which will begin in spring 2024 and whose first campaign is being funded by the University of Münster, will receive particular attention.

 

 

Prof. Dr. Tim Stanik
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Prof. Dr. Tim Stanik
(Faculty of Education and Social Sciences)

Tim Stanik has been Professor of Educational Science with a focus on adult education and pedagogical professionalism since May 2023. After training as an industrial clerk, he studied educational science with a focus on adult education/vocational education and sociology at the Technical University of Dortmund, where he also completed his doctorate on the topic of counseling in continuing education as institutional interaction. Before being appointed to the University of Münster, he was Professor of Counselling Sciences with a focus on digitalization and new media at the Federal Employment Agency University of Applied Sciences in Schwerin.

In his research, Tim Stanik examines counseling processes in continuing education, both face-to-face counseling and digitally mediated counseling. Another focus of his research is on the didactic actions of lecturers in general adult education and continuing professional development. He is particularly interested in how the didactic principles of adult and continuing education can be implemented and to what extent they have the expected effects. With his research, he aims to contribute to the development of theory and the professionalization of adult education and continuing education.

Faculty of Educational and Social Science

Prof. Dr. Denise Steiner
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Prof. Dr. Denise Steiner
(Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy)

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Prof. Dr. Thomas Stodulka
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Prof. Dr. Thomas Stodulka
(Faculty of History/Philosophy)

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Prof. Dr. Jan vom Brocke
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Prof. Dr. Jan vom Brocke
(School of Business and Economics)

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Prof. Dr. Carsten Weishaupt
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Prof. Dr. med. Carsten Weishaupt
(Faculty of Medicine)

Carsten Weishaupt has been Professor of Dermato-Oncology at the Department of Skin Diseases since 2023. He studied human medicine at the Universities of Münster and Vienna. He completed his doctorate at the University of Münster, where he also completed his specialist training as a dermatologist at the Department of Dermatology. Since 2012, Carsten Weishaupt has been head of the Skin Tumor Center at Münster University Hospital and teaches at the medical faculty.

Carsten Weishaupt began his scientific work with immunological work on antigen presentation before expanding his immunological focus to tumor immunology during a two-year research stay at the Harvard Skin Disease Research Center in Boston. With projects on the induction of inflammation in melanoma tissue, the role of prohormone convertases in melanoma and the role of neutrophils in the tumor environment, Carsten Weishaupt's research group has set itself the task of identifying new tumor escape mechanisms. The aim is to find new therapy targets in order to make the immunotherapy of melanoma more efficient.

Faculty of Medicine