Falk Ostermann is the country editor for Germany. He studied Political Science and French at the University of Hannover, Germany. Focusing on French foreign, security, and defense policy, he earned his PhD in 2015 from VU University Amsterdam with a thesis on French identity and foreign policy change under Presidents Chirac and Sarkozy. After a tour as Assistant Professor of International Security Governance at the VU's Department of Political Science and Public Administration, in 2015, he moved to Justus Liebig University Giessen, Germany, to become Assistant Professor of International Relations at the Department of Political Science. While he continues to do research on France, Falk's current work is focused on the party politics of foreign policy and NATO cooperation. He is the author of Security, Defense Policy and Identity in NATO and Europe. How France Changed Foreign Policy (Routledge, 2019). He has published, inter alia, in the European Political Science Review, European Security, International Relations, and West European Politics.
Noah L. Damschke is currently finishing his MA degree in the 'Democracy and Governance' program at the Justus Liebig University Giessen, Germany. He is interested in issues of inequality forms of human capital. Previously, Noah earned his BA degree in Philosophy, North American Studies and History at the Free University of Berlin with a thesis on neo-republicanism and global justice. Noah also studied as an exchange student at Aarhus University, Denmark. He gained practical experience with the German Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, the Social Democratic parliamentary group in the state of Northrine-Westphalia, Germany, and the federal parliament liaison office of the Industrial Union for the Mining, Chemistry and Energy Industries (IG BCE).
Thea M. Rathmann has earned a BA degree in Language, Literature, and Culture at the Justus Liebig University in Giessen, Germany, focusing on German literature. Her BA thesis dealt with aspects of transcultural identity in novels written bu E.S. Özdemar. Since 2016, she is enrolled in the 'Democracy and Governance' MA program. Thea also studied abroad at Ege University, Izmir, Turkey, and at Ghent University, Belgium.
Momoko von Sprockhoff earned her BA degree in Social Sciences at the Justus Liebig University in Giessen, where she is now enrolled in the 'Democracy and Governance' MA program. Momoko also works in the local research institute eOpinio GbmH, focusing on social and opinion behaviour.
Marlene Luisa Böger passed a BA program in Political and Cultural Sciences at the University of Bremen, Germany, where she wrote her thesis on the empowerment of women through conditional cash transfers. Since 2016, Marlene is enrolled in the MA program 'Democracy and Governance' at the Justus Liebig University Giessen, Germany.
Charlotte Gemmeke has earned a Bachelor's degree in Social Sciences at the Justus Liebig University Giessen, Germany, where she wrote a thesis on the role of freedom of press in EU-Turkey relations. She is currently enrolled in the 'Peace and Conflict Studies' MA program at Goethe University Frankfurt/Main, Germany