Dr. Cornelia Frings

Room: GFG 04-409

Tel.: +49 (0)6131-39-25572

Fax: +49 (0)6131-39-27199

eMail: frings@politik.uni-mainz.de


Consultation hours:

Consultation hours take place by individual arrangement digitally or in presence. If you have a request, please send me an email; we will then arrange an individual appointment.

Special responsibilities:

  • Departmental student advisor with focus on mail advising (functional mail address: studienberatung@politik.uni-mainz.de)
  • Confidential advisor for students with child(ren) (functional mail address: studienberatung@politik.uni-mainz.de)




  • since 01/2021 research associate at the Department of Political Science (Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz) (permanent)
  • since 06/2008 lecturer at the Department of Political Science (Johannes Gutenberg- University Mainz) (permanent)
  • 2010 Doctoral Award of the Johannes Gutenberg-University for the year 2009
  • 2008 Doctorate (Dr. phil.) (summa cum laude); Topic: Social Trust. An Integration of the Sociological and the Economic theory of trust and its empirical verification.
  • 2002-2008 research associate at the Department of Political Science (Johannes Gutenberg- University Mainz)
  • 1996-2002 Studies at the Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz; Major: Political Science; Minors: Sociology and Public Law (M.A.)


Teaching and research interests

  • Public policy (environmental and climate policy, governance of transformation processes, sustainability, local politics)
  • Political theory (especially cooperation theory, distributive justice)
  • Political sociology (attitudinal research, trust, social capital)
  • Political economy (especially rational choice theory)
  • Empirical (especially experimental) methods



Seminars and small groups:

  • Water scarcity as a justice and governance problem (summer term 23).
  • Politics in the Anthropocene (summer term 22)
  • Limits to Growth (winter term 20/21)
  • Trust as a resource in democracies (summer term 18)
  • Social Inequality in Welfare States (summer term 17)
  • Local policy-making in the face of complex challenges (winter term 16/17)
  • Welfare states in the 21st century (summer term 16)
  • Environmental Policy (winter term 15/16)
  • Climate Policy (summer term 15)
  • Politics, Economy and Society: Analyses of Interactions using the Rational Choice Approach (summer term 13)
  • Policy Evaluation (winter term 12/13)
  • Basic Seminar Political Theory (since winter term 21/22)
  • Basic Seminar Economy and Society (2008-2021)
  • Basic Seminar Comparative Politics (2002-2008)
  • Small group on research methods (2017-2022, in winter term)


  • Political Thinking about State and Market; Advanced Lecture on Economics and Society (summer term 19, summer term 20).


  • Teacher training on "Ecological Limits of Growth"; with Anna Krekeler (chair of teaching methodology) (one-day, summer term 22)