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Andreas Schäfer

Visiting Scholar 2022-2023

Residency Dates: Fall 2022 | September 1, 2022 - December 31, 2022


Andreas Schäfer

Andreas Schäfer is a research associate in the Department of Social Sciences at Humboldt University of Berlin, where he also received his Ph.D. in political science in 2015. His research interests lie at the intersection of political communication and democratic decision-making. In this field, he combines perspectives and issues of democratic theory, political sociology and comparative politics.

At the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies (CES), Schäfer will explore the question of what role remembering plays in political decision-making, especially when under time constraints. Empirically, he will examine this question using recent cases of crisis in Europe.

This information is accurate for the time period that the visiting scholar is affiliated with CES.


  • Research Associate, Humboldt University of Berlin
  • Visiting Scholar 2022-2023, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University

Research Project

Democracy under time pressure: Social acceleration, the democratic archive, and the role of remembering in political decision-making


Political Science

Areas of Expertise

Democratic Theory
Political Communication
Party Politics
Democratic Innovations

Select Publications

Schäfer, Andreas, and Wolfgang Merkel. “The Temporal Constitution of Democracies.” The Oxford Handbook of Time and Politics, 2021.

Schäfer, Andreas. “Digital Heuristics: How Parties Strategize Political Communication in Hybrid Media Environments.” New Media and Society, 2021, 146144482110121.

Schäfer, Andreas, and David Meiering. (Ent-)Politisierung? Die Demokratische Gesellschaft im 21. Jahrhundert. Leviathan Sonderband 35. Baden-Baden: Nomos, 2020.