Marianne Kneuer is a Full Professor of Political Science and currently holds the position of Head of Department of Political Science at the University of Hildesheim, Germany. She is founding director and member of the board of the Center for Digital Change at the same university. From 1993 to 1999 she was a member of the planning staff of the Federal President of Germany, responsible for political analysis and strategic planning as well as for speech writing. Before that she worked as a political journalist (1989–1993).
Her education at the universities of Bonn and Madrid (Universidad Complutense de Madrid) includes Hispanics, Political Science and Philosophy. She wrote a doctoral thesis on European influences on the Argentine intelligentsia in the 20th century and a habilitation (2007) on external democratization by the EU, comparing the Spanish and Slovak cases. Primary research interests are comparative politics, especially democratization, democracy and autocracy studies, and the role of Internet and social media in democracies and autocracies. Her geographical focus is Central Eastern and Southern Europe with extending interests to Latin America and Eastern Europe. Kneuer’s work has been published by – among others – Routledge and journals such as Democratization, Third World Quarterly, International Political Science Review and Media and Communication. She is an editor of book series and co-editor of the Journal Comparative Governance and Politics (Springer).
Kneuer holds multiple functions in national and international professional associations. Since 2018 she has been President of the International Political Science Association (IPSA).