Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Political Theory

Laura Gorriahn

Laura Gorriahn
laura.gorriahn (at)

Laura Gorriahn is a research associate at the chair of Political Theory at Humboldt University Berlin. From 2016 to 2020, she worked at the Centre for Politics and Law at the Otto-Suhr-Institute at Free University of Berlin. Laura holds an M.A. “Human Rights and Democratisation” from the European Inter-University Centre Venice and the Eric-Castren Institute of International Law and Human Rights Helsinki and studied Political Science, History and German Studies at the University of Freiburg and Trinity College Dublin (M.A. equivalent). In her dissertation project, she scrutinises precarious democratic membership as a manifestation of the controversial relationship between state exclusion and universal equality. The study combines perspectives from democratic theory and critical migration studies and looks at protest of refugees and their supporters. From September 2022 to January 2023 Laura is a visiting fellow at the European University Institute in Florence, Department of Political and Social Sciences.



Research and teaching interests:

  • Democratic theory, questions of membership
  • Democracy and law in the transnational sphere
  • Human rights in theory and practice
  • Critical migration and border studies, philosophy of migration





(forthcoming, 2022) Special Issue: Conceptualising Political Protest. In: Democratic Theory 10 (2) (w/ Danniel Gobbi, Daniel Staemmler & Christian Volk).

(forthcoming, 2022) Special Issue: Democracy and Migration. [Demokratie und Migration. Konflikte um Migration und Grenzziehungen in der Demokratie]. In: Leviathan---Berliner Zeitschrift für Sozialwissenschaft (w/ Julia Glathe).



(forthcoming, 2022): „Protest and the Democratic Order. A Research Perspective (Editorial Introduction)”, in: Democratic Theory 10 (2), S. 1-10 (w/ Danniel Gobbi, Daniel Staemmler & Christian Volk).

(forthcoming, 2022): „Demokratie zwischen Gleichheitsversprechen und Rassismus“ [Democracy between the promise of equality and racism], in: Leviathan---Berliner Zeitschrift für Sozialwissenschaft, Sonderband 39 (w/ Julia Glathe).

(2019): “Frauen* in der Politischen Theorie. Eine feministische Kritik am Zustand unserer Disziplin” [Women* in Political Theory. A Feminist Critique], in: Theorieblog 11/2019 (w/ Hannah Riede).

(2019): “Gesellschaft und Demokratie nach der Migration” [Society and Democracy after Migration], in: Forschungsjournal Soziale Bewegungen 2019-32(3): pp. 470–474.

(2018): Review of Heinrich Geiselberger (ed.): Die große Regression. Eine internationale Debatte über die geistige Situation der Zeit, Berlin: Suhrkamp 2017, in: PERIPHERIE 3-2018, pp. 490–492 (w/ Johannes Haaf and Felix Anderl).

(2018): “Soziale Bewegungen als Korrektiv und Gefahr der Demokratie?” [Social Movements as corrective and threat to democracy], Report on the conference “Frontiers of Democracy” of the German Political Science Association, Sept 2018, Goethe-University Frankfurt, in: Theorieblog 12/2018 (w/ Anton Haffner and Daniel Staemmler).

(2013): “Repräsentation und Partizipation” [Representation and Participation], in: Riescher, Gisela (ed.), Spannungsfelder der Politischen Theorie, Stuttgart: Kohlhammer, pp. 68–84.