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Reinhard Heinisch

Head, Department of Political Science, University of Salzburg; former Professor of Political Science, University of Pittsburgh (1986-2009)

Reinhard Heinisch is a professor of Austrian politics in comparative perspective at the University of Salzburg, Austria, where he also chairs the Department of Political Science. He is a European Studies affiliate of the University of Pittsburgh, where he served on the faculty from 1994 to 2010. His main research interests are comparative populism, Euroscepticism, and democracy. He is the author of numerous publications including most recently Understanding Populist Organization: The West European Radical Right (Palgrave 2016) with O. Mazzoleni and Political Populism (Nomos 2017) with O. Mazzoleni/C. Holz-Bacha. His new book forthcoming in 2019 and co-authored with E. Massetti and O. Mazzoleni is titled The People and the Nation: Populism and Ethno-Territorial Politics in Europe (Routledge Series on Extremism and Democracy). In 2017 he was awarded the national Science Prize by the Austrian Parliament for his work on democracy. In 2018 he became a project leader in a large EU-funded Horizon 2020 project on Populism and Civic Engagement. Reinhard has been the director of the Working Group on Democracy by the Austrian Science Association. He has also served as a consultant for government institutions, including the US State Department, and lectures regularly at Renmin University in Beijing (2014-2017). He is frequently called upon by the media including the BBC, NPR, and the Washington Post to discuss questions of populism and democracy.