Dr. Dannica Fleuss
Research Fellow / Senior Lecturer


10/2022 until present, Center for Future Media, Democracy & Society, Dublin City University, Ireland.

Research Associate:

2018 until present, Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance, University of Canberra

Associate Editor

2021 until present, Journal of Democratic Theory 

Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Lecturer:

2016-2022, Political Science with a focus on Political Theory, Helmut-Schmidt-University, Hamburg.


Summer term 2018, Political Theory, University of Hamburg 

2015-2016, Political Theory, Institute of Political Science, University of Heidelberg 

2014-2017, Philosophy, Department of Philosophy, University of Heidelberg

Guest Lecturer:

02/2021-04-07/2021, Department for Philosophy and Religious Studies, African Women's Studies Centre, School of Law, University of Nairobi, Kenya

Deliberative Democracy Summer School Feb. 2020, Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance, University of Canberra, Australia

12/2018, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Visiting Researcher:

February-March 2022: Department of Philosophy, University of Dar es Salaam (Tanzania); Interdisciplinary Centre for Science and Technology Studies, Technical University of Kenya (Nairobi, Kenya)

February 2020: Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governace, University of Canberra, Australia

April 2019: Centre for the Study of Democracy, University of Westminster, UK

July-August 2018: Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance, University of Canberra, Australia

Associate Editor

since 2021: Associate Editor Democratic Theory (Berghahn Journals)


PhD Thesis, Political Science • 2016 • University of Heidelberg, Germany

Thesis: „Prozeduren, Rechte, Demokratie – das legitimatorische Potential von Verfahren für politische Systeme.“ [“The Normative Legitimacy of Democracies. On the Limits of Proceduralism.”]

PhD awarded with highest honours (summa cum laude); advisors: Prof. Dr. Michael Haus, PD Dr. Ulrich Thiele

Master of Arts, Philosophy and Political Science • 2012 • University of Heidelberg, Germany

Thesis: On the debate concerning the ontological status of qualitative mental states between Frank Jackson and David Lewis; Master’s degree awarded with honours 

National University of Ireland, Galway • 2010

University of Wuppertal, Certificate in Ancient Greek • 2006


German Political Science Association (DVPW)

American Political Science Association

Political Studies Association (UK)

Expert Group for Participatory and Deliberative Democracy (PSA)

Arbeitskreis Hochschullehre (DVPW [Expert Group for Teaching in Political Science])

Sektion für Politische Theorie (DVPW [Expert Group for Political Theory])


Honorary Positions:

Co-Convenor, Participatory & Deliberative Democracy Specialist Group (Political Studies Association)

Co-Convenor, German Political Science Association’s [DVPW] Teaching & Learning Specialist Group [Arbeitskreis Hochschullehre]

Junior Scientific Advisory Board, Verlag Barbara Budrich

2017-2022, Representative in the faculty’s committee for study regulations, Helmut-Schmidt-University Hamburg 

2019-2021, Postdoctoral Spokesperson, Hamburg Research Academy (HRA)

Editorial Boards:

Journal of Democratic Theory

Scholarships and Grants:

2021: Performance bonus for outstanding scientific accomplishments granted by Helmut-Schmidt-University  

2021: Ranked 2nd for A/Professorship in Political Theory, 

2008-2012: Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes / German Academic Scholarship Foundation