Associate Professor of Political Science
B.A., Luther College, 1992
Dipl. Pol., Free University of Berlin, 1996
Ph.D., Free University of Berlin, 2002
Post-Doctorate Fellow, Yale University, 2004
Lars Rensmann holds a B.A. from Luther College (Iowa) and an M.A. as well as a Ph.D. summa cum laude from the Free University in Berlin. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Yale University and, from 2006 to 2012, he was the DAAD Assistant Professor of Political Science in the Department of Political Science at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
Prof. Rensmann is also a Permanent Fellow at the Moses Mendelssohn Center, University of Potsdam, and a Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Social Sciences, Humboldt University Berlin. He has held teaching and research affiliations with several other universities, including the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Vienna and the University of Haifa. His work focuses on global political theory and global & European politics, and has appeared in many journals, including the European Journal of Political Theory, Politics, Religion & Ideology, Political Science, German Politics & Society, and Perspectives on Politics. Among other things, he is currently working on a new book, The Political Constitution of Humanity: Global Politics after Arendt and Adorno.
The Frankfurt School and Antisemitism: Politics, Theory and Philosophy (forthcoming, Albany, NY: SUNY Press).
Gaming the World: How Sports Are Reshaping Global Politics and Culture (Princeton and Oxford: Princeton UP, 2010, co-authored with Andrei S. Markovits)
Arendt and Adorno: Political and Philosophical Investigations (Stanford: Stanford UP, 2012, edited with Samir Gandesha)
“Volatile Counter-Cosmopolitans: Understanding the Electoral Performance of Radical Right Parties in Eastern Germany and Poland," German Politics and Society 30, 3 (2012).
“International Human Rights,” in Michael Gibbons, ed., Encyclopedia of Political Thought (Oxford: Blackwell, forthcoming).
“Grounding Cosmopolitics: Rethinking Crimes against Humanity and Global Political Theory with Arendt and Adorno,” in Lars Rensmann/Samir Gandesha, eds., Arendt and Adorno: Political and Philosophical Investigations (Stanford: Stanford UP, 2012), pp.129-153.
“Understanding Political Modernity: Re-Reading Arendt and Adorno in Comparative Perspective,” in Lars Rensmann/Samir Gandesha, eds., Arendt and Adorno: Political and Philosophical Investigations (Stanford: Stanford UP, 2012, with Samir Gandesha), pp.1-27.
“The Paralysis of Judgment: Arendt and Adorno on Antisemitism and the Modern Condition,” in Lars Rensmann/Samir Gandesha, eds., Arendt and Adorno: Political and Philosophical Investigations (Stanford: Stanford UP, 2012, with Julia Schulze Wessel), pp.197-225.
“Political Terror in the Age of Global Modernity: Adorno’s Critical Theory of Totalitarianism Revisited,” Politics, Religion and Ideology 12, 1 (2011): 3-26.
“LaVaque-Manty, The Playing Fields of Eton: Equality and Excellence in Modern Meritocracy [Review]," Perspectives on Politics 9, 1 (2011): 164-166, with Andrei S. Markovits.
Politics and Resentment: Counter-Cosmopolitanism and Antisemitism in the European Union (Boston & Leiden: Brill, 2011, edited with Julius H. Schoeps).
“A Crisis of Postmodernity? Rethinking Antisemitism, Counter-Cosmopolitanism, and Human Rights in the Global Age,” in Politics and Resentment: Counter-Cosmopolitanism and Antisemitism in the European Union (Boston & Leiden: Brill, 2011), pp.457-490.
“Against “Globalism”: Antisemitism and Counter-Cosmopolitanism in the Party Ideology of the Extreme Right in Europe,” in Politics and Resentment: Counter-Cosmopolitanism and Antisemitism in the European Union (Boston & Leiden: Brill, 2011), pp.117-146.
“Politikwissenschaft,” in Globalisierung. Ein interdisziplinäres Handbuch, ed. by Andreas Niederberger & Philipp Schink (Stuttgart: Metzler Verlag, 2011), pp.106-121.
Autoritarismus und Demokratie: Studien zur Politischen Theorie und Kultur in der globalen Moderne (Schwalbach, Ts.: Wochenschau Verlag, 2011, co-authored with Hajo Funke & Steffen Hagemann).
“Kosmopolitanismus,” in Handbuch Politische Theorie, ed. by Claus Offe and Martin Hartmann (München: C.H. Beck, 2011), pp.238-241.
“Xenophobia and Anti-Immigrant Politics,” in The International Studies Encyclopedia, ed. by Robert A. Denemark (Oxford: Blackwell-Wiley, 2010, co-authored with Jennifer Miller-Gonzalez), pp.7628-7653.
“Kosmopolitischer Republikanismus: Hannah Arendt und die Idee eines post-nationalen Europas,” in Micha Brumlik & Steffen Hagemann, eds., Autoritäres Erbe und Demokratisierung der politischen Kultur (Berlin: Verlag Hans Schiler, 2010), pp.27-53.
“Genocidal Politics: Crimes against Humanity in Global Perspective,“ Journal of Contemporary History 44, 4 (2009): 753-766.
“Mind the Gap: Explaining Unified Germany’s Divided Party System,” European View 8,2 (2009): 271-283.
“Der totale Staat als Un-Staat: Hannah Arendts und Franz Neumanns politische Theorien totalitärer Herrschaft,“ in Samuel Salzborn (ed.), Kritische Theorie des Staates. Staat und Recht bei Franz L. Neumann (Baden-Baden: Nomos Verlag, 2009), pp.161-193.
“Europeanism and Americanism in the Age of Globalization: Hannah Arendt’s Reflections on Europe and America and Implications for a Post-National Identity of the EU Polity,” European Journal of Political Theory 5, 2 (2006): 139-170.