Prof. Dr. Monika Oberle
Since October 2011 Monika Oberle has been a Professor of Political Science/ Civic Education at the University of Göttingen (since 2014 as Full Professor). From October 2014 to April 2017 she was head of the Department of Political Science. She studied political science in Marburg, London and Berlin (achieving her Diploma at the Otto Suhr Institute of the Free University of Berlin), and from 2006 to 2011 she was a research assistant at Karlsruhe University of Education, where she completed her doctorate. At the Università per Stranieri di Perugia, Italy, she studied the Italian language and culture. For many years she worked as a trainer in extra-curricular, non-partisan civic education (target groups: school students and young adults).
Since 2018, Monika Oberle has been member of the scientific advisory board of the Federal Agency for Civic Education (bpb) (Chairwoman since January 2023) as well as member of the advisory board of the Stiftung Adam von Trott, Imshausen. Since 2023, she is also member of the scientific advisory board of the Museum Friedland and member of the General Assembly of the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung.
Positions in professional associations (selection):
2016-21: Chairwoman of the Society for Civic Education Didactics and Civic Youth and Adult Education (GPJE).
2017-2021: member of the executive board of the Society for Empirical Educational Research (GEBF)
2012-18: member of the executive board (2013-16 chairwoman) of the Political Science and Civic Education division in the German Political Science Association (DVPW)
2015-16: board member of the DVPW
2012-16: treasurer of the GPJE
Membership of other scholarly organizations:
- German Educational Research Association (DGfE)
- Working Group for Empirical Pedagogical Research (AEPF)
- European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR): Standing Groups "Teaching and Learning Politics", "Citizenship"
- International Association for Citizenship, Social and Economics Education (IACSEE)
- German Association for Civic Education (DVPB; DVPB Lower Saxony)
Main areas of work (Selection):
Information on ongoing and completed projects can be found on the Chair's website: