Prof. Dr. phil. Sabine Hark has extended experience in interdisciplinary gender and queer studies, feminist theory, qualitative methods in sociology, and social theory. She started her research career with a discourse analysis of lesbian-feminist identity politics (Phd. Dissertation). She wrote her Habilitation on the process and politics of the institutionalisation of Women’s and Gender Studies in Germany. In addition, since the late 1990s she has studied and published extensively on:
- Inter- and transdisciplinary Methodologies
- Transformations of Knowledge, the Human, Technologies, and Gender
- The sociological production of “Überflüssige” (surplus population)
- Feminist theory as a practice of critique
Melanie Caroline Steffens is a full professor for Social and Work Psychology at the Faculty of Psychology at the University of Koblenz-Landau (since 2013).
In 2004-2013, she was a professor for Social Cognition and Cognitive Psychology at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena. 2009-2011, she was the head of the Jena department. She studied psychology at the University of Bonn (1989-1994) and did her doctorate at the University of Trier (1998). In 2001, she was a Visiting Fellow at Yale University. From 2011-2013, she was the speaker of the Social Psychology section of the German Psychological Society (DGPs). Her research interests comprise implicit and explicit attitudes and stereotypes of social groups (with a focus on gender and sexual orientation), social categorization, and impression formation, in addition to memory phenomena.
She is a member of the research unit “Person perception” (funded by the German Science Foundation, DFG). She has published more than 70 papers in international peer-reviewed journals, she was an editor of the journal Experimental Psychology and is now on the editorial board, as well as a member of the editorial board of the Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science and of the international advisory board of the Psychology of Sexualities Review. In the book Gender at work: A social psychological perspective, she has reviewed the barriers that women face in their careers (Steffens, M. C., & Viladot, M. A., 2015, New York: Peter Lang; German: Steffens, M. C., & Ebert, I. D., 2016. Frauen – Männer – Karrieren. Eine sozialpsychologische Perspektive auf Frauen in männlich geprägten Arbeitskontexten. Wiesbaden: Springer.).