Management Committee and Members

Management Committee

Prof. Dr. Antje Kley

Professor Antje Kley, born 1968, studied English/American Studies and German Studies (teaching degree) at the University of Mannheim, gained an MA in Women’s Studies at Emory University in Atlanta, GA, and in the summer of 1994 was a participant in the School of Criticism and Theory in Hanover, NH. She completed her doctorate in 2000 at the University of Mannheim with a thesis on identity constructions in contemporary American autobiographies. During her doctoral studies, Professor Kley was awarded a scholarship from the German Academic Scholarship Foundation. She later spent time as a research associate at Bielefeld University.
From 2000 to 2006 she was assistant professor at the English Department at Kiel University, where she also gained her postdoctoral qualification (Habilitation) in English and American Literary Studies in 2006. This thesis was published in 2009 by Universitätsverlag Winter under the title Ethik medialer Repräsentation im englischen und amerikanischen Roman, 1743-2000.
In 2006 Professor Kley accepted the professorship for North American Literary and Cultural Studies at FAU. Since 2009 she has been Chair of American Literary Studies. Professor Kley is also one of the founding members of Research Training Group 1718 (Presence and Tacit Knowledge) of the German Research Foundation. Apart from forms and functions of American fiction and life writing, her research topics especially include inter- and transculturality, ethics and aesthetics as well as knowledge production at the interface between biotechnology, media and society. In the summer of 2011 she was invited to Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH) as a visiting scholar and in the summer of 2012 was a fellow at Princeton University Library (Princeton, NJ).
Professor Kley has been a member of ZIEW (since 4/1/2017 Center for Applied Philosophy of Science and Key Qualifications, ZiWiS) since 2009. Since taking up office in October 2012 as Vice President of FAU, she is also spokesperson of the Management Committee. As Vice President, Professor Kley is responsible for the topics of teacher training and equal opportunities as well as innovation in teaching.
Further information on Professor Kley’s curriculum vitae and publications can be found under:

Prof. Dr. Hans Drexler

Professor Drexler became a member of the Management Committee of ZIEW in 2016 (since 4/1/2017 Center for Applied Philosophy of Science and Key Qualifications, ZiWis). Detailed academic CV of Professor Drexler.

Dr. Carmen Pospisil


Prof. Dr. Holger Schulze

Holger Schulze is professor for experimental ear, nose and throat medicine at FAU. He studied Biology in Darmstadt and completed his doctorate there in neurophysiology. He then moved to the Leibniz Institute for Neurobiology in Magdeburg where he established his own research group. After a period abroad in Canada at the Montreal Neurological Institute, he earned his postdoctoral qualification (Habilitation) in Physiology at the Faculty of Medicine of Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg. His main research interest is the neurobiological mechanisms of hearing and learning.


Prof. Dr. Anja Bosserhoff

More detailed information about Professor Bosserhoff can be found on the website of the Chair of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine.

Prof. Dr.  J. Helmut Brandstätter

Prof. Dr. Peter Dabrock

After completing his studies in Protestant and Catholic Theology, Philosophy and Sociology in Würzburg, Bonn and Bochum, Professor Dabrock was a research associate from 1995 to 2002 at the Chair for Systematic Theology (Ethics) at the Faculty of Protestant Theology of Ruhr-Universität Bochum. His completed his doctorate under the supervision of Christofer Frey. From 2002 to 2008 he was assistant professor for social ethics/bioethics in the Department of Protestant Theology at Philipps-Universität Marburg. During this time he was also a fellow at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF) at Bielefeld University in the “Public Health Genetics” task force as well as at the Center for Social Policy Research of the University of Bremen. From 2008 to 2010 he was professor for social ethics at the Faculty of Protestant Theology of Philipps-Universität Marburg He is married to German theologian Stefanie Schardien. Since the 2010/11 winter semester Professor Dabrock has been professor at FAU and holder of the Chair of Systematic Theology II (Ethics) at the School of Theology. His main interests lie in the fields of bioethics medical ethics, and theory of justice.

Prof. Dr. Gerhard Ernst

Gerhard Ernst, born 1971, studied Physics and Philosophy in Munich. Following his professorship in Stuttgart, he moved to FAU where he has been holder of Chair I in Philosophy since 2012. Ernst was awarded the Wolfgang Stegmüller Prize of the German Society for Analytical Philosophy (GAP) and from 2005-2010 was a member of the Junge Akademie. He is author of a large number of scientific publications, above all on epistemology and ethics principles, including “Das Problem des Wissens” (2002) and “Einführung in die Erkenntnistheorie” (2007, 2009, 2011).

Prof. Dr. Matthias Fifka

Professor Matthias S. Fifka is director of the Institute of Economics and professor for business administration, in particular corporate ethics, at FAU. He is also visiting professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, the University of Dallas, Vienna University of Economics and Business, and Maastricht School of Management. His research and teaching focus on strategic management, in particular the strategic implementation of sustainability and corporate social responsibility, CSR reporting, corporate ethics and corporate governance. He was and is a member of many scientific commissions, e.g. for the European Commission, the Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs as well as the Bundesdeutscher Arbeitskreis für Umweltbewusstes Management e. V. (B.A.U.M. e. V. – German Federal Working Group on Environmentally Conscious Management). He is chair of the “Sustainability Management” section in the German Academic Association for Business Research (VHB).

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jörg Franke

Ausführliche Informationen zu Prof. Franke finden Sie auf der Seite des Lehrstuhls für Fertigungsautomatisierung und Produktionssystematik.

Prof. Dr. Andreas Frewer

Studies in Medicine, Philosophy and History of Medicine. Physician in Berlin (Virchow Hospital and Charité) in the departments of internal medicine, hematology and oncology as well as the intensive care unit, emergency department and the Nephrology Polyclinic (1995–1998). Doctorate at Freie Universität Berlin (1998, slc), European Master in Bioethics in Leuven, Nijmegen, Padua and Basel (2002-2003, slc). Assistant professor at the University of Göttingen (1998-2002) and member of the Ethics Commission. 2002 appointment as a junior professor at Hanover Medical School (2002–2006) as well as acting head of the Institute for History and Ethics of Medicine in Frankfurt/M. (2004). 2006/07 acting head of the Institute for the History, Ethics and Philosophy of Medicine in Hanover. 2006 appointment as Professor for Ethics in Medicine at FAU and retention offer at Hanover Medical School (declined). Since 2007 at FAU, head of the Clinical Ethics Committee at Universitätsklinikum Erlangen and member of the Ethics Commission at the Faculty of Medicine. 2014–2017 head of the EFI excellence project “Human Rights in Healthcare” with Professor Heiner Bielefeldt as well as founding member of the “Centre for Human Rights Erlangen-Nürnberg” (CHREN) at FAU (2015). Over 250 publications, editor of ten specialist book series and member of the editorial boards of international scientific journals.

Dr. Sabrina Gensberger-Reigl

Prof. Dr. Max Emanuel Geis

Prof. Dr. Günther Goerz

Born 1947 in Nuremberg. Studied Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science and Philosophy at FAU; diploma in Mathematics (Dipl.-Math.), doctorate (Dr.-Ing.) in Computer Science. From 1972 to 1987 scientist at the RRZE, FAU. From 1989 to 1991 professor of computer science/artificial intelligence at the University of Hamburg.
Since May 1991 professor of computer science/artificial intelligence at the Department of Computer Science, FAU. Member of the Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Theology.
In 1981 visiting assistant professor at UCLA, Los Angeles; in summer 1985 and in autumn 2004 visiting researcher at CSLI (Center for the Study of Language and Information), Stanford University. From 1987 to 1989 visiting researcher in the LILOG project (Linguistic and Logical Methods) of IBM Germany, Stuttgart. Visiting scientist at IRST/fbk, Trento, in spring 1995 and at ICSI, Berkeley, in summer 1999.
Since October 2010 visiting scientist at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG), Berlin.
Speaker at and organizer of several national conferences and workshops on artificial intelligence and computational linguistics and at national and international spring and summer schools.
Member of the Erlangen CSD executive committee, member of several academic committees, chairman of FAU’s Forum for Applications of New Media in Teaching, research associate of the International Consortium for Research in the Humanities (IKGF), founding member of the Center for European Middle Ages and Renaissance Studies (IZEMIR) at FAU and member of the Artificial Intelligence division of the German Informatics Society (GI e.V.)

Prof. Dr. Johanna Harberer

Professor Johanna Haberer was born in Munich in 1956 and studied German, Theater Studies and Theology. Following her first pastorate in Schongau/Obb., from 1984 to 1985 she was acting Broadcasting Commissioner of the Bavarian State Church at the Bavarian broadcasting company Bayerischer Rundfunk. From 1985 to 1989 she worked as press officer for local and regional radio at the Evangelischer Presseverband für Bayern, Bavaria’s Protestant press association. The Evangelische Funkagentur (efa – Protestant Broadcasting Agency) was established under her leadership. Posts as editor at EIKON (Protestant Film Society) in Munich from 1990 to 1993 and as editor-in-chief from 1994 to 1997 of the “Sonntagsblatt – Evangelische Wochenzeitung für Bayern” followed. Since 1996 she has been giving sermons regularly on the radio. From 1997 to 2001 the theologian was Broadcasting Commissioner of the council of the Evangelical Church in Germany. Since 2001 Johanna Haberer has been professor for Christian Journalism at the School of Theology, FAU and was the University’s vice president from 2008–2012. For four years from 2002 onwards the theologian was the broadcaster of the “Wort zum Sonntag” sermon on German television. She is also co-editor of Publik-Forum, a newspaper produced by critical Christians. Johanna Haberer is married and has two children.

Dr. Nicole Hauke

Ausführliche Informationen zu Dr. Hauke finden Sie auf der Seite des Lehrstuhls für Sozialpsychologie.

Akademischer Direktor Dr. iur. Dr. phil. Franz-Rudolf Herber

Academic Director Dr. iur. Dr. phil Franz-Rudolf Herber is a lawyer and philologist. He is inter alia member of the German Traffic Court Conference – German Academy for Traffic Science – and member of the German Lawyers’ Association.
His most important scientific projects are:
– Editor of the handbook Kodal, Straßenrecht, published by C.H. Beck-Verlag.
– Editor of the Straßenverkehrs-Richtlinien; this four-volume loose-leaf collection is (also) published by C.H. Beck-Verlag.
– Participation in the interdisciplinary committee of the Road and Transportation Research Association (FGSV) on definition of terms

(Querschnittsausschuss QA 1 Begriffsbestimmungen).
– Member of the management team of the European Scientific Institute; the most important project is the publication of the interdisciplinary online journal European Scientific Journal.
– His interdisciplinary interests center in particular on the interrelationships between law and language as well as between law and literature.
Franz-Rudolf Herber publishes in English, Latin and German.

Prof. Dr. Christina Holtz-Bacha

Studied Journalism, Political Science and Sociology in Münster and Bonn. Doctoral degree in 1978 in Münster and postdoctoral qualification (Habilitation) in 1989 in Hanover. 1979 to 1981 press officer at an opinion research institute. Research associate and senior lecturer at the Department of Communication Studies at LMU Munich from 1981 to 1991. 1986 visiting professor at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis/USA. 1991 to 1995 professor at Ruhr-Universität Bochum. 1995 to 2004 professor at the Department of Communication Studies of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz. 1999 fellow at Shorenstein Center/John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University in Cambridge/USA; 2011 summer semester guest researcher at the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication of the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. 1998 to 2002 spokesperson of the expert group on Communication and Politics of the German Communication Association (DGPuK); 2000 to 2002 vice-chair, 2002 to 2004 chair of the Political Communication Division of the International Communication Association (ICA). 2010 to 2012 Associate Editor Europe for the Communication Yearbook (ICA). Christina Holtz-Bacha has been chair of the Political Communication Research Section of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) since 2012. Since 1989 co-editor of Publizistik; member of the editorial/advisory boards of: Journal of Communication; European Journal of Communication; Journal of Political Marketing; Journalism & Mass Communication Educator; Estudios de Comunicación Política; International Journal of Press/Politics; Global Media Journal (German Edition); Revista Brasileira de Ciência Política; Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly; Communication & Society; doxa comunicación; Cogent Social Sciences.

Prof. Dr. Christian Jäger

Professor Christian Jäger, born 1965, studied Law from 1984 to 1989 at LMU Munich and completed the 1st and 2nd State Examination in Law in 1990 and 1993. 1991 – 1996 research associate at the Chair of Criminal Law, Criminal Procedural Law and General Legal Theory under Professor Claus Roxin December 1995 doctorate in Law (Dr. jur.), Faculty Prize; 1997 – 2000 assistant professor at the Chair of Criminal Law, Criminal Procedural Law and General Legal Theory under Professor Claus Roxin 2000 – 2001 assistant professor at the Chair of Criminal Law, Criminal Procedural Law, Information Law and Legal Informatics under Professor Ulrich Sieber 2002 completion of post-doctoral thesis (Habilitation thesis) with a scholarship from the German Research Foundation July 2002 postdoctoral qualification (Habilitation), entitlement to teach criminal law, criminal procedural law and juvenile law October 2002 – August 2003 acting professor in Saarbrücken August 2003 – October 2008 chair of Criminal Law and Criminal Procedural Law at Trier University October 2008 – September 2013 chair of Criminal Law and Criminal Procedural Law, in particular Commercial Criminal Law and Medical Law at the University of Bayreuth July 2010 – September 2013 director of the Forschungsstelle für Wirtschaftsstrafrecht, Unternehmens- und Medizinethik (FoWUM – Research Center for Commercial Criminal Law, Corporate and Medical Ethics) Since October 2013 chair of Criminal and Criminal Procedural Law at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg.

Prof. Dr. Clemens Kauffmann

Dr. phil. Martin Köllner

Ausführliche Informationen zu Dr. Köllner finden Sie auf der Seite des Lehrstuhls für Psychologie II.

Prof. Dr. Günter Leugering, © FAU/David Hartfiel

Professor Günter Leugering, born in 1953, studied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at Goethe University Frankfurt. He was awarded a Cusanuswerk scholarship at TU Darmstadt, where he completed his doctoral degree in 1984 and was then assistant professor, completing his postdoctoral qualification (Habilitation) there in 1988. He held a Heisenberg scholarship from 1989 to 1992. Professor Leugering was appointed Chair of Applied Mathematics II at FAU in 2003, after holding positions as assistant professor at Georgetown University in Washington DC, a Fiebiger professorship at the University of Bayreuth, and chair at TU Darmstadt. He has also spent time as a visiting professor at the universities of Nancy 2, Paris 6 and Paris 11, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia, and Fudan University in Shanghai.

He has been coordinator of one of the Elite Network of Bavaria’s international doctorate programs and the Priority Programme SPP 1253 ‘Optimization with Partial Differential Equations’ of the German Research Foundation. Professor Leugering has also worked in Collaborative Research Center CRC 603 ‘Model-based analysis and visualization of complex scenes and sensor data’ and Research Group FOR 894 ‘Fundamental flow analysis of the human voice’, and is now involved in CRC 814 ‘Additive manufacturing’. Professor Leugering is head of the Multiscale Modeling and Simulation group at the Cluster of Excellence ‘Engineering of Advanced Materials’ (EAM) and is a member of the board at EAM. He is also a member of the board of Transregio 154 ‘Mathematical Modeling, Simulation and Optimization Using the Example of Gas Networks’ of the German Research Foundation. Since coming to FAU, he has participated in three projects funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research as a sub-project leader and secured many projects carried out in collaboration with industry.
Professor Leugering has held positions as Dean of Studies at TU Darmstadt’s Faculty of Mathematics, as an FAU senator, and as speaker of FAU’s Department of Mathematics. He was a founding member and deputy spokesperson of the Central Institute for Scientific Computing (ZISC) and member of the management committee of the ZIEW (since 4/1/2017 Center for Applied Philosophy of Science and Key Qualification, ZiWis) of which he is still a member.

Prof. Dr. Karl-Heinz Leven

Karl-Heinz Leven, born in Krefeld-Uerdingen, studied Medicine, History, Classical Philology and Romance Languages and Literatures at the universities of Düsseldorf and Bonn. Since qualifying as a physician in 1985 and completing his doctoral degree in 1987, he has worked as a medical historian at the Military History Research Office (MGFA) in Freiburg and at the universities of Düsseldorf (1987-1988) and Freiburg (1988-2009). In 1993 he earned his postdoctoral qualification (Habilitation) in the History of Medicine and became chair of History of Medicine in Erlangen in 2009. Since 2011 he has been a member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina.

His research interests lie in the area of ancient and Byzantine medicine, the medical history of plagues, medicine in the National Socialist era, the history of medical ethics and the history of the medical faculties in Erlangen and Freiburg.

Prof. Dr. Erasmus Mayr

Prof. Dr. Erasmus Mayr

Ausführliche Informationen zu Prof. Mayr finden Sie auf der Seite des Lehrstuhls für praktische Philosophie.

Prof. Dr. Klaus Mecke






Prof. Dr. Dirk Niefanger
© Glasow

Born 1960 in Dortmund, school and civilian service in Cologne. Studies in German, Philosophy, Sociology and Political Science in Tübingen and Vienna. State Examination 1988, doctoral degree 1992 in Tübingen. 1992 to 2002 research associate, assistant professor and senior assistant professor at Georg-August-Universität Göttingen. 1999 postdoctoral qualification (Habilitation). 2000 Acting chair holder at Humboldt University in Berlin. 2002 Professorship for Modern German Literature at Technische Universität Carolo-Wilhelmina zu Braunschweig. 2003 Professor of Modern German Literary Studies at FAU. 2006 Member of FAU’s Center for Applied Philosophy of Science and Key Qualifications. 2013 to 2015 Vice Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Theology.

Prof. Dr. Lars Nitschke

Dr.-Ing. Sebastian Pfaller

Ausführliche Informationen zu Dr. Pfaller finden Sie auf der Seite des Lehrstuhls für Technische Mechanik.

Prof. Dr. Monika Pischetsrieder


Prof. Dr. Rohleder

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Rüde

Prof. Dr. Vahid Sandoghdar

Born on 29 April 1966 in Teheran, Iran. Bachelor of Science in Physics from the University of California in Davis (1987), doctorate in Physics from Yale University (1993), postdoctoral fellow at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris. Head of the nano optics group and postdoctoral qualification (Habilitation) at the University of Konstanz. Full professor at ETH Zurich (2001–2011). Founder of the Network of Optical Sciences (optETH), the Zurich Center for Imaging Science and Technology (CIMST) at ETH Zurich and the Optical Imaging Center Erlangen (OICE). Recipient of an ERC Advanced Grant (2010). Alexander von Humboldt professorship for nano optics at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg and director at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light in Erlangen since 2011.

Prof. Dr. Eberhard Schlücker, © Kurt Fuchs

Detailed CV of Professor Schlücker.

Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Schwieger

Prof. Dr. Kai-Ingo Voigt

Prof. Dr. Rolf Wanka

Prof. Dr. Jörn Wilms