Boris Vormann is professor of politics and the head of the politics concentration at Bard College Berlin. He is also principal investigator at Freie Universität Berlin's Graduate School for North American Studies, co-editor of Amerikastudien/American Studies and an associated researcher at the Chaire de Recherche du Canada en Études Québécoises et Canadiennes (CRÉQC), Université du Québec à Montréal.


Vormann has held visiting positions at the CUNY Graduate Center, Harvard University, New York University and Sciences Po Paris. He has lectured widely, in Germany and abroad, including talks and seminars in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, France, and Jordan. His research and teaching concentrate on key aspects of global governance, focusing specifically on the relationship between urbanization and globalization; changes in state-market relations and federalism as well as nations and nationalism.


Vormann is a regular commentator on public policy debates for different media outlets (incl. ARD, Deutsche Welle, Deutschlandfunk, and NPR Berlin). His most recent books are The Contours of the Illiberal State (Campus, 2019), Die Krise der Demokratie (Aufbau, 2017), Global Port Cities in North America (Routledge, 2015) and a handbook on politics and policy in the United States for a German-speaking audience (Springer VS, 2016). Vormann was the first political scientist to receive the Fulbright American Studies Award from the German Fulbright Commission in 2015. His current project examines the role of states in building the urban infrastructures of expanding global trade networks across the globe. 

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Academic Positions


Since 09/2017

Professor of Politics

Head, Politics Concentration

Bard College Berlin 


Since 11/2018

Principal Investigator

Graduate School of North American Studies

Freie Universität Berlin


Since 2011

Associated Researcher

Chaire de Recherche du Canada en Études Québécoises et Canadiennes (CRÉQC)

Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)



Research Visits and Earlier Appointments



DAAD Visiting Professor

Deutsches Haus

New York University, NY



Visiting Professor

Dept. of Political Science, John-F.-Kennedy Institute

Freie Universität Berlin




NYU Berlin

New York University



Fulbright Fellow

Center for Place, Culture and Politics

CUNY Graduate Center



Associate Scholar

Mahindra Humanities Center / Urban Theory Lab

Harvard University






Postdoctoral Fellowships



Postdoctoral Fellow and Lecturer

Department of Political Science

Graduate School of North American Studies

John-F.-Kennedy Institute

Freie Universität Berlin



Group Leader NYLON Berlin, Einstein Group

Georg-Simmel Center for Metropolitan Studies

Humboldt Universität zu Berlin



Visiting Researcher

Institute for Public Knowledge

New York University, New York







M.Ed. Master of Education

ZI Dahlem School of Education

Freie Universität Berlin



Ph.D. in Political Science (summa cum laude)

Graduate School of North American Studies, Freie Universität Berlin



Visiting doctoral candidate in Political Science and Sociology

New York University, New York



Research Member

NYLON / Einstein Group

New York University / London School of Economics and Political Science / Humboldt Universität zu Berlin



M.A. in Cultural Studies, Literature, and Linguistics

(American / French and Romance Studies)

Technische Universität, Dresden



Visiting Fulbright fellow in International Relations & Diplomacy

Seton Hall University, New Jersey