Eric Langenbacher

Eric Langenbacher is a Teaching Professor and Director of the Senior Honors Program in the Department of Government, Georgetown University, where he teaches courses on comparative politics, political culture, and political films.

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He studied in Canada before starting graduate work in the Government Department and Center for German and European Studies at Georgetown in 1996. He was awarded a Fulbright grant in 1999-2000 and held the Ernst Reuter Fellowship at the Free University of Berlin in 1999-2000, the Hopper Memorial Fellowship at Georgetown in 2000-2001, and was selected School of Foreign Service faculty member of the year by the 2009 graduating class. He has been teaching in the Government Department since Fall 2002, and has taught at George Washington University, Washington College, and at UNSAM in Buenos Aires, Argentina. His dissertation,“Memory Regimes and Political Culture in Contemporary Germany,” was defended with distinction in September 2002. He is the co-author of "The German Polity, 11th edition" (with David Conradt, 2017). He has also published edited volumes, "Launching the Grand Coalition: The 2005 Bundestag Election and the Future of German Politics," "Power and the Past: Collective Memory and International Relations" (with Yossi Shain), "Between Left and Right: The 2009 Bundestag Election and the Transformation of the German Party System," "From the Bonn to the Berlin Republic: Germany at the Twentieth Anniversary of Unification" (with Jeff Anderson), "Dynamics of Memory and Identity in Contemporary Europe" (co-edited with Ruth Wittlinger and Bill Niven), and "The Merkel Republic: An Appraisal." His research interests center on political culture, collective memory, political institutions, public opinion and German and European politics. He has published in German Politics and Society, German Politics, The International Journal of Politics and Ethics and in numerous edited volumes. He has also planned and run dozens of short programs on various aspects of U.S. politics, society and business for groups from abroad.