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Mehler, Prof. Dr. Andreas

Position at ABI:
andreas.mehler [at]
+49 (0)761 888 78 14
Areas of research:
Power-sharing after peacebuilding, violent conflicts, crisis prevention, German and French politics in Africa
Regional focus:
Central Africa, West Africa


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Andreas Mehler is director of the Arnold Bergstraesser Institute and Professor of Political Science at Freiburg University since October 2015 after having served as director of the GIGA Institute of African Affairs in Hamburg (2002 - 2015). He is member of the Executive Council of the Maria Sibylla Merian Institute for Advanced Studies in Africa (MIASA). Mehler is director of the Africa Centre for Transregional Research (ACT) as well as Co-Speaker of the Emerging Field Comparative Area Studies and Transregional Studies (2019 - ongoing). From 2009 to 2018 he was co-editor  of the academic open access review ‘Africa Spectrum’ (together with Henning Melber; last issue under this editorship is 1/2018). With various co-editors, he has published the yearly ‘Africa Yearbook. Politics, Economy and Society South of the Sahara’ at Brill publishers (Leiden; 2005 - ongoing). He is member of the Editorial Advisory Boards of African AffairsCritique Internationale, and International Area Studies Review. Mehler is founding member of CrossArea, member of the Afrikagesprächskreis of the Federal Foreign Office and member of the scientific advisory board of the german foundation for peace research. He is member of the German Association of African Studies (Vereinigung für Afrikawissenschaften in Deutschland, VAD). 


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Habilitation at the University of Hamburg, venia legend in Political Science
Ph.D. at the University of Hamburg (Political Science, Prof. Tetzlaff)
M.A. Political Science and History at the University of Mannheim 1983-1988
Professional experience:
2002 - 2015
Director, GIGA Institute of African Affairs
2001 - 2002
Senior Researcher of the Conflict Prevention Network (CPN; EU Project run at Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, Berlin)
1994 - 2000
Research Fellow at the Institute of African Affairs
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Current projects:

Merian Institute for Advanced Studies in Africa (MIASA) / BMBF (2018-2026)

Postcolonial Hierarchies in Peace & Conflict / BMBF (2022-2026)

Graduiertenkolleg „Imperien: Dynamischer Wandel, Temporalität und nachimperiale Ordnungen“ / DFG (2020-2025), in cooperation with professorships at the University of Freiburg

Umgang mit der Alexander Ecker Sammlung der Universität Freiburg / Deutsche Stiftung Kulturgutverluste (2020-2025)