Creating Gender Knowledge Networks – Building Bridges to Society

Global changes such as the transformation of political cultures, social inequalities, the world of media, art and culture, the world of work, digitalisation, worldwide migration movements and many other factors act as driving forces for gender relations, which are also changing, quite dramatically in parts. The complex discourses and controversies associated with the category of gender pose a particular challenge to science, business, administration, culture, politics and the church; this explains the growing need for scientific reflection and the transfer of gender knowledge.

In order to meet these challenges, the researchers based at the Marie Jahoda Center for International Gender Studies work together in an intersectional approach. In order to understand inequalities in all their complexity, interactions with other categories such as class, disability, age, religion, sexual orientation or ethnicity are investigated and taught in two interdisciplinary courses of study on Gender Studies. After all, establishing regional, national and international knowledge networks within the framework of the Gender Lab plays a crucial role. Intensive discourse with society and developing programmes to reduce bias effects fall within the scope of Gender in Society.



Prof. Dr. Katja Sabisch (Faculty of Social Sciences)

Vice Speaker

Prof. Dr. Christian Grünnagel (Faculty of Philology)

Executive Board

Prof. Dr. Heike Kahlert (Faculty of Social Sciences)

Prof. Dr. Katja Sabisch (Faculty of Social Sciences)

Prof. Dr. Christian Grünnagel (Faculty of Philology)

Prof. Dr. Henriette Gunkel (Faculty of Philology)

Prof. Dr. Maren Lorenz (Faculty of Historical Science)

Prof. Dr. Änne Söll (Faculty of Historical Science)

Maximiliane Brand (Faculty of Social Sciences)

Nadine Müller, Dr. Wanda Gerding (Central Equal Opportunity Commissioners)

Dr. Beate von Miquel (Faculty of Social Sciences)

Student Representatives Gender Studies

Associated Members

Prof. Dr. Laura Bieger (Faculty of Philology)

JProf. Dr. Heike Steinhoff (Faculty of Philology)

Prof. Dr. Isolde Karle (Faculty of Protestant Theology)

Prof. Dr. Ute Gause (Faculty of Protestant Theology)

Prof. Dr. Gunda Werner (Faculty of Catholic Theology)

Prof. Dr. Sandra Maß (Faculty of Historical Science)

Michaelina Trompeter (anti-discrimination agent of the RUB)

International Guest Researchers

Ass. Professor Olga Matveieva (Faculty of Social Sciences)

Ass. Professor Mehtap Tosun (Faculty of Social Sciences)

Former Researchers at MaJaC/Gender Studies

Prof. em. Dr. Astrid Deuber-Mankowsky (Faculty of Philology)

Prof. em. Dr. Ilse Lenz (Faculty of Social Sciences)

Prof. em. Dr. Regina Schulte (Faculty of Historical Science)

Prof. em. Dr. Lieselotte Steinbrügge (Faculty of Philology)

Prof. em. Dr. Eva Warth (Faculty of Philology)


Managing Director

Dr. Beate von Miquel
Universitätsstraße 105
Room: 1/06
Phone: +49 (0)234 32-21730
E-Mail: beate.vonmiquel[at]


Universitätsstraße 105
Room: 1/09
Phone: +49 (0)234 32-19849

Coordination Gender Studies

Maximiliane Brand, M.A.
Universitätsstraße 105
Room: 1/08
Phone: +49 (0)234 32-19108
E-Mail: maximiliane.brand[at]

Charlotte Auel
Universitätsstraße 105
Room: 1/13
Tel.: +49 (0)234 32-21173
E-Mail: charlotte.auel[at]

Coordination Gender Lab

Maximiliane Brand, M.A.
Universitätsstraße 105
Room: 1/08
Phone: +49 (0)234 32-19108
E-Mail: maximiliane.brand[at]

Project „FACE@RUB“

Nadine Egelhof, M.A.
Universitätsstraße 105
Room: 1/10
Tel.: +49(0)234 32-19848
E-Mail: nadine.egelhof[at]

Janwillem Huda, M.A.
Universitätsstraße 105
Room: 1/11
Tel.: +49(0)234 32-19588
E-Mail: janwillem.huda[at]

Project “Be the Change. Frauen für Demokratie”

Dr. Miriam Mauritz
Universitätsstraße 105
Room: 1/17
E-Mail: miriam.mauritz[at]
Phone: +49 (0)234 32-15170

Public relations
Jana Vierhuf, M.A.
Universitätsstraße 105
Room: 1/17
Phone: +49 (0)234 32-19120
E-Mail: jana.vierhuf[at]

Project “Misch’ dich ein – mach Politik vor Ort”

Jana Vierhuf, M.A.
Universitätsstraße 105
Room: 1/17
Phone: +49 (0)234 32-19120
E-Mail: jana.vierhuf[at]

Public relations

Jana Vierhuf, M.A.
Universitätsstraße 105
Room: 1/17
Phone: +49 (0)234 32-19120
E-Mail: jana.vierhuf[at]


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Cooperations and Memberships

Gender studies and research-related institutions

Essener Kolleg für Geschlechterforschung, Universität Duisburg-Essen

Gender Studies in Köln (GeStiK), Universität zu Köln

Hans Kilian und Lotte Köhler-Centrum für sozial- und kulturwissenschaftliche Psychologie und historische Anthropologie (KCC), Bochum

Karl-Franzens-Universität, Graz

Kompetenzzentrum für Frauen in Wissenschaft und Forschung (CEWS), Köln

Netzwerk Frauen- und Geschlechterforschung NRW, Essen

Zentrum für Geschlechterstudien/Gender Studies, Universität Paderborn

Expert Associations

Fachgesellschaft Geschlechterstudien

Konferenz der Einrichtungen der Frauen- und Geschlechterstudien im deutschsprachigen Raum (KEG)


Ministerium für Heimat, Kommunen, Bau und Gleichstellung NRW

Ministerium für Kinder, Flüchtlinge und Integration NRW

Ministerium für Kultur und Wissenschaft NRW

Equality Offices and Bodies

Ruhr-Universität Bochum

TU Dortmund

Universität Duisburg-Essen

Universität Paderborn

Stadt Bochum

Stadt Dortmund

Stadt Essen

Stadt Lippstadt

LAG der Kommunalen Gleichstellungsstellen NRW

Other Cooperation Partners

Amadeu-Antonio-Stiftung, Heidelberg

Deutscher Frauenrat, Berlin

EAF, Berlin

Evangelische Frauenhilfe in Westfalen e.V., Soest

FUMA Fachstelle Gender und Diversität, Essen

Heinrich Böll Stiftung NRW, Düsseldorf

LAG der Fanprojekte e.V., Bochum

Mobile Beratung gegen Rechtsextremismus Düsseldorf/Wuppertal

ver.di NRW, Düsseldorf

VfL Bochum

About Marie Jahoda

Marie Jahoda (1907-2001) was an Austrian social scientist and social psychologist. She grew up in Vienna and began studying psychology there after graduating from high school in 1926.  Due to her family’s precarious financial situation, Marie Jahoda worked alongside her studies, including at the Career Guidance Office for the City of Vienna, at the Social and Economic Museum housed there and as a librarian in the Karl-Marx-Hof municipal tenement complex. She completed her doctorate in 1932 and just one year later, she published the groundbreaking study “Die Arbeitslosen von Marienthal” (The unemployed of Marienthal), which she had worked on with her first husband Paul Lazarsfeld.

She then entered the teaching profession but was dismissed for being an active member of the Social Democrats and an activist against the Nazi regime. She was arrested in 1936 and emigrated to Great Britain the following year. The academic fresh start was — as for many emigrants — full of hurdles and was initially characterised by restricted research projects. She received a scholarship from the University of Cambridge from 1939 to 1941. Marie Jahoda ended up working on a freelance basis until the end of the war, with no direct connection to a university. In 1945 she went to the USA where she first worked as an assistant to Max Horkheimer.

When she moved to New York University in 1949, she finally succeeded in taking up a professorship in social psychology. Here she worked on a variety of empirical studies on heterogeneous issues such as prejudice, group conflicts, mental health, education and looked at the consequences of McCarthyism. In 1958 she left the USA and, in her second marriage, married the English Labour MP Austen Albu. In 1965 she became a founding professor of social psychology at the new University of Sussex and as such was at the peak of her academic career.

Marie Jahoda’s scientific work represents active interdisciplinarity — especially with regard to method selection — and internationality.  Her scientific research is consistently linked with social issues and this, along with her strong public involvement with political organisations, mean that Marie Jahoda is still today a role model for intensive dialogue between science and society.

In 1994, the Visiting Professorship for International Gender Studies was established at the Ruhr University Bochum, and named after Marie Jahoda.


Steffani Engler/Brigitte Hasenjürgen (publishers): Marie Jahoda. Ich habe die Welt nicht verändert. Lebenserinnerungen einer Pionierin der Sozialforschung ((I didn’t change the world. Memoirs of a pioneer of social research), Weinheim und Basel 2002.

Johann Bacher/Waltraud Kannonier-Finster/Meinrad Ziegler (publishers): Marie Jahoda. Lebensgeschichtliche Protokolle der arbeitenden Klassen 1850-1930 (Life history records of the working classes 1850-1930). Dissertation 1932. With a portrait of the author by Christian Fleck, Innsbruck/Vienna/Bolzano 2017.