Biography of Prof. Sigrid Roßteutscher, PhD

Personal Information

born 1966 in Mannheim 
Nationality: german
Family status: Married, two children

Academic Education

September 2006

Completion of post-doctoral qualification (Habilitation)

Since 2003

Habilitation (Post-doctoral qualification)
University of Mannheim
Title: “Religion, Zivilgesellschaft, Demokratie – Eine international vergleichende Studie zur Natur religiöser Märkte und der demokratischen Rolle religiöser Zivilgesellschaften” [Religion, Civil Society, Democracy – an internationally comparative study of the nature of religious markets and the democratic role of religious civil societies]


PhD completed at the EUI
Title: "Consensus and Conflict - Value Collectives and Social Conflicts in Contemporary Society", Supervisor: Klaus Eder, Yossi Shavit


European University Institute (EUI), Florence (Italy)


Master of Arts in Political Science and History
Titel of MA-Thesis: "Bestimmungsgründe politischer Partizipation" (Cause of political participation)


One-year Course in Public Law
University of Mannheim


Master of Arts study
Subject: Political Science and History
University of Mannheim


Elisabeth-Gymnasium, Mannheim


Academic Career

Since July 2007

University Professor
University of Frankfurt, Department of Social Sciences
Institute for Social and Political Research


Project director "German Longitudinal Election Study (GLES)"
Centre for Surcey Research and Methodology (ZUMA-gesis) in Mannheim


Reader at the Political Science Department
University of Mannheim, Chair of Internationally Comparative Social Research (Prof. Jan van Deth)

Project Director
Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES)


Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES)


Research Assistant
European University Institute (EUI), (with Prof. Yossi Shavit)


Teaching Assistant
European University Institute (EUI), (with Prof. Yossi Shavit)


Researcher with Teaching Obligations
University of Mannheim, Social Science Department (Prof. Max Kaase)


Senior Research Assistant
University of Mannheim, Social Science Department (Prof. Max Kaase)


Research Assistant
Centre for Survey Research and Methodology (ZUMA-gesis) in Mannheim
Department for the German General Social Survey (ALLBUS)

Projects directed (with external funding)

2012-2014 (Entire duration until 2017)

German Longitudinal Election Study (GLES)

Project funding within scope of the DFG program "long-term funding humanities." Applicants: Hans Rattinger (Mannheim), Sigrid Roßteutscher (Frankfurt), Rüdiger Schmitt-Beck (Mannheim), Bernhard Wessels (Science Center Berlin), Christof Wolf (Gesis).

Approved funds for second phase of the project: 3.4 million Euro, of which 1.2 million Euro used for projects in Frankfurt

( and (


International PhD Programm “Democracy, Knowledge and Gender in a transnational world (IPP Transnational)

Funded by DAAD, Co-Applicant with Helma Lutz, Thomas Lemke und Kira Kosnick (all University of Frankfurt), and responsible PI for the project area “Democracy”.

Approved Funding: 300,000 Euro


2009-2011 (Entire duration until 2017)

„German Longitudinal Election Study (GLES)“

Long-term funding (over three national elections) by the German Research Foundation (DFG), with international review process.

Applicants: Prof. Hans Rattinger (University of Bamberg), Prof. Rüdiger Schmitt-Beck (University of Mannheim), Dr. Bernhard Weßels (WZB Berlin), Prof. Sigrid Roßteutscher (University of Frankfurt)

Funding for the first project period (2009-2011): in total 2.4 Million Euro, 750,000 Euro for Frankfurt projects



„Religious Sources of Solidarity“

Funding by NORFACE-eranet programme: „Re-emergence of religion as a social force in Europe?“, Principal Investigators: Prof. Peer Scheepers, (Radboud University Nijmegen), Prof. Leslie John Francis (University of Wales), Prof. Sigrid Roßteutscher (University of Frankfurt)

Funding in total: 500.000 Euro, of which 160.000 Euro for German projects

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„Welfare through Organizations. A comparative analysis of British and German associative life”

Funding by the Anglo-German Foundation for the Study of Industrial Society (AGF), Applicants: Sigrid Roßteutscher, Jan W. van Deth (Mannheim Centre for European Social Research, MZES), William A. Maloney (University of Aberdeen, GB. Total funding: 150,000 Euro, 75,000 for German project.


Civicness, Equality, and Democracy: A ‚dark side’ of social capital?

Funding: EU, Network of Excellence „ EQUALSOC”

Applicants:  Prof. Jan W. van Deth, Sonja Zmerli, Dr. Sigrid Roßteutscher (University of Mannheim), Total funding: 8,000 Euro.



“Citizenship, Involvement, Democracy (CID)“ – An international comparison of civil society, citizen engagement and democracy

Funding: German National Research Foundation (DFG) for the German project, European Science Foundation (ESF) for international cooperation.

Applicants: Prof. Jan W. van Deth, Dr. Sigrid Roßteutscher (University of Mannheim).

Funding for German project: 290,000 Euro



Questionnaire Module „Citizenship, Involvement, Democracy“ for the 2002 European Social Survey (ESS)

Applicants: Sigrid Roßteutscher, Hanspeter Kriesi, José Montero, Kenneth Newton und Anders Westholm

(, see under questionnaire and rotating module, round 1)


Rescuing Democracy: the Lure of the Associative Elixir

Workshop auf den „Joint sessions of the European Consortium of Political Research“ (ECPR), Turino/Italy

Funding: ECPR, Applicant: Sigrid Roßteutscher



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