Dr. Benjamin Höhne

Dr. Benjamin Höhne is Deputy Director of the Institute for Parliamentary Research in Berlin.

In December 1978, Höhne was born in Lutherstadt Wittenberg (in the former GDR). He completed his graduate studies in Political Science at the University of Leipzig and the Martin-Luther University in Halle-Wittenberg in 2005. His diploma thesis analyzed differences in political attitudes between East and West Germany. Subsequently, he worked as Research Associate or Associate Lecturer at the University of Trier (2006-2012, 2015), the University of Potsdam (2013-2015), the Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg (2016-2020), the Otto von Guericke University of Magdeburg (2021) and the Free University of Berlin (2009, 2021/22). In the summer semester of 2022, he is DAAD Research Fellow in Washington, D.C. at the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS) at Johns Hopkins University. His research project focusses on Anti-Feminism in the Rhetoric of Populist Radical Right MPs in Germany and the U.S.

Höhne’s doctoral dissertation on the recruitment of candidates for EU elections was awarded the German Bundestag’s Science Award in 2015. He studied at the University of Essex and the European University Institute in Florence on a grant from the German Academic Exchange Service. He also worked in Carlisle on an EU grant and at the European Parliament. Höhne is active in scientific and political consulting, in particular as an expert for state parliaments (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Saxony, Thuringia), ministries (Planning Office of the Ministry of Defense, Saxon State Ministry of Justice and for Democracy, Europe and Equality) as well as institutions for political education (Federal Agency for Civic Education, Konrad Adenauer Foundation). He has been quoted as an expert in international media outlets such as de Volkskrant, Izvestia, Le Monde, Lusa, Reuters or the Swiss Radio and Television (SRF).

Höhne‘s fields of teaching and research are political parties in and out of parliaments, the system of government of the Federal Republic of Germany with special focus on East Germany, political participation as well as the field of security policy. His current research focuses on populism and the representation of women in political parties and the German Bundestag.