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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, and chair of the Department of Political Science. He is a European studies affiliate of the University of Pittsburgh, having served as a faculty member from 1994 to 2010. His main research interests encompass comparative populism, Euroscepticism, and democracy, all of which can be found in his numerous publications including Understanding Populist Organization: The West European Radical Right (Palgrave 2016) with O. Mazzoleni, and Political Populism (Nomos 2017) with O. Mazzoleni/C. Holz-Bacha. Some of these publications have appeared in leading journals such as Party Politics, West European Politics, Democratization, Representation, Comparative European Politics, as well as Politics and Religion among many others. His new book forthcoming in 2019 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 Reinhard was awarded the national Science Prize by the Austrian Parliament for his work on democracy and later became a project leader in an EU-funded Horizon 2020 project on populism and civic engagement. He has also served as director of the Working Group on Democracy by the Austrian Science Association and as a consultant for government institutions, including the US State Department. Similar to his prior work, Reinhard serves as a partner for the Brookings Foundation for their project on Islam in Europe. Since 2014, Reinhard has been lecturing regularly at Renmin University in Beijing, in addition to frequently collaborating with media outlets including the BBC, NPR, and The Washington Post to discuss questions on populism and democracy. He is a Fellow of Salzburg Global Seminar.

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