Prof. Dr. Rainer Forst

Curriculum Vitae

Professor of Political Theory and Philosophy, Institute of Political Science and Institute of Philosophy, Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main

Education and Scientific Career:

Born August 15, 1964, in Wiesbaden, Germany;
Studied philosophy and political science (1985-1990) at Goethe University in Frankfurt/M., State University of New York at Binghamton and Harvard University;
Stipends by the Studienwerk Villigst and the German Academic Exchange Service;
MA in philosophy 1990 (“with distinction”);
Research Fellow in a Research Project directed by Prof. Habermas within the Leibniz Program of Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft 1990/91;
Visiting Fellow at the Dept. of Philosophy at Harvard University at the invitation of Prof. J. Rawls (1991/92);
Dr. phil. 1993 ("Kontexte der Gerechtigkeit" - “summa cum laude”)

Assistant Professor of Political Philosophy at the Free University in Berlin from 1993-95;
Theodor Heuss Lecturer of Philosophy at the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research in New York 1995/96;
Asst. Professor of Philosophy in Frankfurt 1996-2002;
Visiting Professor of Philosophy at the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research 1999

Habilitation in Philosophy ("Toleranz im Konflikt"; Frankfurt) in 2003;
Visiting Professor of Philosophy in Frankfurt (2003) and Gießen in 2003/04;

Heisenberg-Fellowship of Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft 2004

Chair of Political Theory and the History of Ideas at Frankfurt University (Institute of Political Science) since 2004, also member of the Institute of Philosophy; since 2007 the chair is for “Political Theory and Philosophy”

2005/06 Theodor Heuss Professor of Political Science and Philosophy at the New School for Social Research, New York

Since 2006 Member of the Directorate and Permanent Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities of Goethe-University in Bad Homburg

2007 Co-Speaker of the Cluster of Excellence “The Formation of Normative Orders” in Frankfurt am Main

2008 Invitation as Visiting Professor in the Dept. of Philosophy at Harvard University (declined)

2009 Vice Director of Research Centre “Justitia Amplificata”, Goethe University

2009 “Harris German-Dartmouth Distinguished Visiting Professor” for Summer 2009, Philosophy Department, Dartmouth College, New Hampshire

Invitation as Fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, Institute for Advanced Study (postponed)

2012 Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize of the German Research Foundation (highest award given to German Researchers)

2013 Senior Emile Noël Fellow, Monnet Center, Law School New York University (fall)

Further Academic Positions and Services:

Co-Editor of the book series "Theorie und Gesellschaft", Campus Verlag, Frankfurt/M. and New York, together with J. Beckert, W. Knöbl, F. Nullmeier, S. Randeria

Co-Editor of the book series “Normative Orders” of the Cluster of Excellence, together with Klaus Günther, Campus Verlag, Frankfurt/M. and New York

Member of the Editorial Board of the European Consortium for Political Research Press which publishes four book series (ECPR Monographs, ECPR Classics, ECPR New Research, ECPR Essays)

Member of the Editorial Board of the Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy, third edition

Associate Editor of Ethics. An International Journal of Moral, Political and Legal Philosophy (University of Chicago Press)
Member of the Executive Editorial Committee of Political Theory (Sage)
Member of the Editorial Council of Constellations. An International Journal of Critical and Democratic Theory (Blackwell)
Associate Editor of the European Journal of Political Theory (Sage)
Member of the Editorial Board of Contemporary Political Theory (Palgrave)
Consulting Editor of Philosophy & Social Criticism (Sage)
Member of the Editorial Council of Philosophisches Jahrbuch (Alber)
Member of the Editorial Council of Zeitschrift für Menschenrechte (Wochenschau)
Member of the Editorial Board of Politica & Società (Carocci)
Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Global Constitutionalism (Cambridge University Press)
Member of the Editorial Board of European Political Science Review (Cambridge University Press)
Member of the Editorial Board of Ethics and Global Politics (Coaction Publishers)
Member of the Advisory Board of Public Reason. Journal of Political and Moral Philosophy (University of Bukarest)
Member of the Editorial Board of Moral Philosophy and Politics (de Gruyter)

Referee for further international journals (Journal of Political Philosophy, American Political Science Review, etc.) and presses (Cambridge UP, Oxford UP, Columbia UP, Stanford UP, Penn State UP, etc.)

Co-Director of the international course "Philosophy & Social Sciences" in Prague (every May), together with A. Ferrara, N. Fraser, M. Cooke, F. Michelman, H. Rosa, M. Hrubec

Director of the International MA-Program in Political Theory, funded by the German Academic Exchange Service

Member of the Advisory Board of the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin and of Siegen University