ELSENHANS, Hartmutfoto

Professor emeritus of International Relations Institute of Political Science                                      Leipzig University

Born 1941 in Stuttgart

Children: 2 daughters: Julia Tashi Sangmo, born in 1992, and Cynthia Tenzin Wosel, born in 1999

University Education: in Tübingen, Free University Berlin, Institut d’Etudes Politiques Paris

Teaching: Berlin, Frankfurt, Marburg, Constance, Leipzig

Guest professor: Salzburg, Lisbon, New Delhi, Dakar, Islamabad

Field research: France, Algeria, Senegal, Vietnam, Bangladesh, India, Mali

Teaching Details

1970-1975 Assistant for Theory of International Relations at Berlin Free University.

1975-1976 Assistant Professor at Frankfurt University: Relations between capitalist industrial countries and developing countries.

1976-1980 Associate Professor at Marburg University: International Relations, Analysis of underdevelopment, and Social and National Movements of Emancipation in the Third World.

1980-1993 Full Professor at Constance University: International Relations.

1993-2007 Full Professor at Leipzig University: International Relations.

Since April 2007 Professor emeritus

I teach regularly three courses per semester, two in a masters’ program of the Leipzig University excellence cluster which are taken also by other graduate programs of Leipzig University, and one per semester in the undergraduate program. I continue to supervise Ph.D. work and master’s theses.

Courses regularly taught in the last five years:

  • Capitalism and social movements
  • Structure of the International System
  • Rise and demise of the capitalist world system
  • Political economy of european integration
  • Development politics and economics
  • The third wave of democratization
  • Globalisation
  • Rise of New Cultural
  • Identitarian Movements
  • Schools of Political Economy: Marx, Keynes and the Neoclassical Theory.

Guest professor at Université de Montréal 1978; Dakar 1987; Salzburg 1987/88; Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi 1990/ 2002; Lisbon Instituto Superieur de Ciências do Trabalho e da Empresa 1991; Mangalore University 2010, Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad, 2014. Visiting Scholar at Columbia University, New York 1997 and at University of California, Berkeley 1998, Participating in the launching in development of European Union studies in India since 1986.

Field research in France 1967-1973, Algeria continuous, especially 1983-88, Senegal 1987, Mali 1989, Bangladesh 1990, Vietnam 1992, India regularly, especially 2006- 2009

Ph.D. thesis, Berlin 1973: “The French War in Algeria (1954-1962). Attempted decolonialisation by a capitalist metropolis. Contribution to the decline of the colonial empires”, (published by Hanser 1974). French translation published by Publisud Paris in 2000 and by Dar el-kitab el-arabi, Algiers, 2015. Shortened version in French and Arabic in preparation at Casbah, Algiers, publication published in 2015.

Habilitation thesis, Berlin 1976: “History and Economy of the European conquest of the world. From the discoveries to the First World War”. Published with a foreword of Matthias Middell, 2007 (Leipzig Universitätsverlag).

Publications in Journals

GERMANY: Asien – Afrika – Lateinamerika, Behemoth. A Journal of Civilisation, Comparativ. Leipziger Beiträge zur Universalgeschichte und vergleichenden Gesellschaftsforschung, Der Spiegel, Die Verwaltung, Erwägen – Wissen – Ethik, Internationale Entwicklung, Internationale Politik und Gesellschaft, Jahrbuch für Sozialwissenschaft, Jahrbuch für Wirtschaftswissenschaften, Journal für Entwicklungspolitik, Leviathan, Neue Gesellschaft – Frankfurter Hefte, Peripherie, Perspektiven des Demokratischen Sozialismus. Politische Vierteljahresschrift, Probleme des Klassenkampfs, Schriften des Vereins für Socialpolitik, Sozialwissenschaftliche Informationen für Unterricht und Studium, Verfassung und Recht in Übersee, Vierteljahresberichte der FES (changing titles), WeltTrends, Zeitschrift für Internationale Beziehungen, Z Zeitschrift marxistische Erneuerung, Zeitschrift für Lateinamerikafragen, Zeitschrift für Weltgeschichte

WESTERN INDUSTRIALIZED COUNTRIES: Annals of the American Academy for Political and Social Sciences, Année au Maghreb, Annuaire de l’Afrique du Nord, Cahiers d’histoire immédiate, Comparative Studies in South Asia, Africa and the Middle East, Détour- Revue des Scinces Humaines, Economies et sociétés, Etudes Internationales, Hermès, International Organization, International Social Science Journal, Journal of Developing Societies, Journal of European Integration (Montreal), Journal of North African Studies, Journal of Peace Research, Journal of the Third World Spectrum (Washington), L’homme et la société, Maghreb Review, Outre Mers, Tiers Monde (Paris).

INDIA: Foreign Policy Research Centre Journal,Foreign Trade Review (New Delhi), India Quarterly, Indian Journal of Asian Affairs, Indian Journal of Public Administration, Indian Political Science Review, International Studies (New Delhi), South Asian Survey, Strategic Digest (New Delhi), Teaching Politics (New Delhi).

PAKISTAN: Pakistan Development Review, Pakistan Horizon, Journal of Contemporary Studies, Journal of European Studies (Karachi), The Nation, Pakistan Journal of American Studies

OTHER SOUTHERN ASIA : Journal of Social Studies (Dhaka), Lanka Guardian,

EAST-ASIA: Annals of Public Administration Research (Seoul), Journal of Global Politics (Taichung, Taiwan),

ALGERIA: Cahiers du CREAD (Algiers), Insaniyat (Oran), NAQD

LATIN AMERICA : Brazilian Review of Political Economy


  • Comparativ. Leipziger Beiträge zur Universalgeschichte und vergleichenden Gesellschaftsforschung
  • Leipziger Schriften zur Gesellschaftswissenschaft, NOMOS Verlag, Baden-Baden


Member of Editorial Board:

  •  Journal of Social Studies (Dhaka)
  •  Journal für Entwicklungspolitik (Vienna)
  •  Problemas del Desarrollo Económico (Mexiko)
  • International Studies (New Delhi)
  • Maghreb-Machrek (Paris)

Major Research Projects:

1970-74: “Petrol for Europe” carried out together with graduates. Published in 1974 by Hoffmann & Campe as “Erdöl für Europa”.

1972-75: Free University Berlin: “Society and Foreign Policy Determination in Western Europe since the Early 1960s.

1974/77: Inter-university project “History and Structure of the International Systems with Special Reference to Labour and its Political Movements”, Section International Relations of the German Association of Political Science. Published 1978 (Campus: Frankfurt) under the title “Migration and Economic Growth”, financed by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Friedens- und Konfliktforschung.

1976-79: “Agrarian Reform in the Third World”, commissioned by the German Society for Peace and Conflict Research, Published (Campus: Frankfurt, 1979) under the title “Agrarian Reform in the Third World”, financed by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Friedens- und Konfliktforschung.

1983-89: “Overcoming of Underdevelopment Through Mass Production for Mass Consumption. Empirical Research on Internal-Market-Oriented Economic and Social Structural Changes for Increasing Employment, Foreign Exchange and Growth in Algeria”, together with Ce.N.E.A.P., the research institute of the planning ministry in Algiers, financed by Stiftung Volkswagenwerk; published in 2000 in German by Deutsches Übersee-Institut, Hamburg, and in French by Publisud Paris as a synthesis of this and two other projects done under my supervision.

1985-89: “Causes and Mechanisms of Reciprocal Impacts in Administrative Processes in the Field of the Cooperation Between Multilateral, International and National Third World Development Agencies in the Field of Small and Medium Enterprises”, financed by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft.

1989-93: “Internationalisation of Administrative Activities: Cooperation Between Bilateral and Multilateral Development Agencies”, financed by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft.

1988: Consultancy on ODIPAC, Mali, Rural Development, Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (gtz).

1989: Consultancy for Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW) on state-sponsored small and medium scale industry development and good government in Bangladesh (The terms of reference stipulated to evaluate the resistance to corruption of different Bangladeshi services. The quality of my work lead afterwards to my co-optation to the Journal of Social Studies(Dhaka) and the invitation for the democratic revolution in 1990).

1992: Consultancy on state sponsored small and medium scale industry development in Vietnam, for Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation.

1994-97: “Networks in International Relations: The Case of Coordinating Economic Assistance to Eastern Europe”, financed by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft.

1994-96: “Between Authoritarianism and Democracy. Transition and Transformation in Central America”, financed by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft.

1995-98: “Economic Strategies of Islamist Movements in Algeria and Egypt”, financed by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft.

1996: “Inter-organisational networks as actors in international environmental and development politics: The dynamics of the ‘Tropical Forestry Action Progamme’ process”, financed by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft.

1997-99: “Structuring of global forestry by co-ordinating international development agencies within the UN Department for Policy Co-ordination and Sustainable Development (DPCSD) and the Inter-Agency Task Force on Forestry (IATFF)”, financed by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft.

1998-99: “Research into causes of war using LISREL: causal analysis of bivariate correlations by means of complex models of structural equations”, financed by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft.

2005-2009: “New cultural-identitarian movements in comparative perspective”, financed by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft.

Administrative Functions: Foundation of the Faculty for Administrative Sciences at Constance, 1987-1990.

Founding professor Institute for Political Science Leipzig University 1993-1996


  • Verein für Socialpolitik
  • Arbeitskreise Europäische Integration
  • German Association for Political Science
  • German Society for Political Science
  •  International Studies Association
  • International Political Science Association
  • Indian Institute for Public Administration

Languages: German, English, French, Italian, Spanish (reading), Portuguese (reading), Russian (reading), Arab (basic knowledge), Hindi (recently begun).