Marcel Wissenburg(Photo: Jeroen Stekelenburg)

Marcel Wissenburg (*Arnhem 1962) started out as a student of political science at the University of Nijmegen (now Radboud University), the Netherlands, in 1980, switching in 1985 to philosophy and (with a brief stopover at Leiden University in 1987-8) political theory.

He graduated in 1988 as a political theorist with an MA thesis on Karl Popper's anti-utopianism, and as a philosopher with an MA thesis on William Morris' and Edward Bellamy's utopias. He completed his PhD at the University of Nijmegen in 1994.

From 1990 on, he held various positions in the Faculty of Management Sciences at the Radboud University Nijmegen: junior researcher (1990-1994), postdoctoral research fellow of the Netherlands Foundation for Scientific Research (NWO; 1995-1998), and Lecturer of Political Theory & the Philosophy of the Policy Sciences (1998-2005). In addition, he taught as a guest lecturer in the Department of Political Science of the University of Leiden and as a temporary lecturer in social and political philosophy at the University of Groningen (1999-2000). From 1999 to 2001, he was also part-time staff member of the Faculty's research school, then called Nijmegen Centre (NICE) for Business, Environment and Government.

In 2004, his interest in environmental philosophy and green political theory resulted in a second job. From 1 September 2004 to 1 September 2009, he was the Socrates Professor of Humanist Philosophy (full title: 'in particular with regard to the relation between humanity and nature') at Wageningen University and Research Centre, Wageningen, the Netherlands. For more information on this position, see Socrates Professorship.

From January 2006 to December 2009, he was 'Professor of Political Theory, in particular political and personal autonomy' in the department of political science at Radboud University. In this temporary position, his task was to rejuvenate and boost both research and teaching in political theory. For his plans with this chair, see Political Theory Professorship. On 1 December 2009, the professorship became permanent, and the title was abbreviated to 'Professor of Political Theory'. From September 2011 to September 2019 he served as Chair of the Nijmegen Department of Public Affairs & Political Science; from September 2021 onwards, he will be Chair of the Department of Political Science, hoping to limit this new (but tremendously rewarding) interruption of his 'real' work to three years.

Offering new opportunities for research and teaching in environmental political theory, not to mention staff and student exchanges with Nijmegen, Marcel Wissenburg was Visiting Professor at the Research Institute for Law, Politics & Justice of Keele University in Keele, Staffordshire, UK for 1 July 2009 to 2014.

To test the hypothesis that time may be both infinite and a scarce good, his third major research interest (next to liberal justice theory and environmentalism) is a hobby: genealogy, a discipline in which he is best described as an experienced amateur. Although he makes his worst mistakes as an academic, the ones he least hides can be found on a separate web site dedicated to his genealogical research and other matters related to the Wissenburg family: www.wissenburg.info

Despite brief but serious attempts at doing something else somewhere else (from related subjects at other universities to genealogical research in Germany), he now admits to being hopelessly addicted to political theory and having fallen deeply in love with the Batavo-Roman city Ulpia Noviomagus Batavorum a.k.a. Nijmegen - even though the natives speak Dutch with a horrible accent.

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By the way, my name is Wissenburg, not Wissenberg.




Marcel Wissenburg: Before

(Photo: Marcel Verhoef)

Marcel Wissenburg: After

(Photo: Bert Beelen)

Marcel Wissenburg 2014

(Photo: Jeroen Stekelenburg)