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Thorsten Thiel is a professor for democracy and digital politics at the University of Erfurt. From 2017 to October 2022, he was the leader of the research group “Democracy and Digitalization" at the Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society and a research fellow at the WZB Berlin Social Science Center. Before that, Thorsten Thiel coordinated the Leibniz Research Network "Crises in a Globalised World" (2013-2017) and was a postdoctoral researcher at the Cluster of Excellence "The Formation of Normative Orders" in Frankfurt. In 2015/16, Thorsten Thiel was a visiting professor for political theory and history of ideas at the University of Trier and during the summer term 2021 he acted as a professor for comparative politics at the University of Erfurt.
Thorsten Thiel studied Political Science, Sociology, and Economic and Social History at RWTH Aachen University and subsequently completed his doctoral thesis on democracy in the European Union as part of the Berlin Research Training Group (DFG) "Constitution Beyond the State." From 2012 to 2016, he was subsequently a member of the Advisory and Executive Board of the German Political Science Association (DVPW). In 2010, he was one of the founders of Theorieblog, which he still co-edits.