Prof Marianne Kneuer is the current President (2018–2020) of the International Political Science Association (IPSA). She will be opening the SAAPS conference with a keynote address on ‘Rethinking democracy and development in the context of Africa’.
Prof Kneuer is a professor of Political Science and currently holds the position of Director of the Institute of Social Sciences at the University of Hildesheim, Germany. From 1993 until 1999 she was a member in the planning staff of the Federal President of Germany, Roman Herzog. Before that she worked as a political journalist (1989–1993). Since 2007 she has been a member of the Board of the German Society of Political Science – as president from 2011 until 2013. She has edited several book series and is a co-editor of the Journal of Comparative Politics (Zeitschrift für Vergleichende Politikwissenschaft). Prof Kneuer’s primary field of interest is comparative politics, especially democratisation, democracy and autocracy studies, and secondary fields of international relations: promotion of democracy and European politics. Her geographical focus is Central, Eastern and Southern Europe, with interest extending to Latin America and Eastern Europe.