Michael Baurmann studied Sociology, Philosophy and Law at the University of Frankfurt; he completed his doctorate in Sociology in 1983 and his Habilitation (post-doctoral thesis) in 1993.
From 1978 to 1997 he was a research assistant, academic assistant and academic counselor in the Law departments at the universities of Frankfurt and Mainz.
Since 1997 he has been a Professor of Sociology at the University of Düsseldorf, where he was also the Senate Chair from 2010 to 2015.
In 1999 he was a Visiting Professor at Instituto Technológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) in Mexico City; from 2001 to 2009 he regularly visited the Research School of Social Sciences (RSSS) at the Australian National University in Canberra as a Fellow.
In 2006/07 he accepted a Visiting Professorship in the Department of Politics at New York University; in 2009 and 2012 he was a Senior Research Fellow at Krupp Wissenschaftskolleg in Greifswald, Germany.
In 2016 he was a Visiting Researcher at the Institute for Future Studies in Stockholm.
Since 2016 he has been the Speaker of the Düsseldorf Institute for Internet and Democracy (DIID).
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