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Laura Gorriahn

Laura Profil


Research Project "POWDER" / Center for Politics and Law

Laura Gorriahn was a research associate in the ERC-funded research project “Protest and Order. Democratic Theory, Contentious Politics and the Changing Shape of Western Democracy” (POWDER) at the Freie Universität Berlin. The project was transferred to the Humboldt-University of Berlin in 2020. From 2016 to 2018 she was a research associate at the Center for Politics and Law. She 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. Prior to that, she studied Political Science, History and German Studies at the University of Freiburg, Trinity College Dublin and the University of Basel (M.A. equivalent). In her dissertation project, shescrutinises 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 non-citizens and their supporters against deportations.


Research and teaching interests
  • Democratic theory, questions of membership
  • Law and democracy in the transnational sphere
  • Human rights in theory and practice
  • Critical migration and border studies, philosophy of migration



(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.