Academic members

School of Business Administration

Since the spring semester 2018, Prof. Dr. Carmela Aprea holds the Chair of Economic and Business Education – Instructional Systems Design and Evaluation at the University of Mannheim. Previously, she was Professor of Economic and Business Education at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena and Professor of Vocational Training Research at the Swiss Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training in Lugano.

Prof. Dr. Moritz Fleischmann holds the Chair of Logistics and Supply Chain Management at the University of Mannheim. Since January 2023 he also serves as Vice President Sustainability and Information Provision.

Prof. Dr. Armin Heinzl is chairholder of the Chair of General Management and Information Systems at the University of Mannheim since 2002. The aim of his research is to develop theories and methods for the design of IT systems and IT infrastructures as well as for software development.


Prof. Dr. Hartmut Höhle holds the chair of Enterprise Systems since 2017  and is head of the Management Analytics Center. Previously, he was an Associate Professor of Information Systems at the Sam Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas. The main thrust of his research is to understand how firms can design, implement and use enterprise systems to support employees and service customers.

Prof. Dr. Ernst Maug Ernst Maug has been professor for Corporate Finance at the University of Mannheim Business School since February 2006. He served the school as Associate Dean for Research and director of the business school’s doctoral programs. He is president-elect of the European Finance Association.


Prof. Dr. Alexandra Niessen-Ruenzi is chairholder of the Chair of Corporate Governance. Research areas are corporate governance, corporate finance, and asset management. A special focus is on gender differences on financial markets: How do female and male individuals invest on capital markets? 

Prof. Dr. Stefan Ruenzi is chairholder of the Chair of International Finance. The chair conducts research on various aspects of financial markets, with a focus on asset management & mutual funds, empirical asset pricing & liquidity, as well as media & advertising.

Prof. Dr. Christoph Spengel holds the Chair of Business Administration and Taxation II at the University of Mannheim since 2006. Furthermore, he is academic director of the Mannheim Master of Accounting & Taxation at Mannheim Business School (MBS) and director and speaker of the Leibniz Science Campus “MannheimTaxation” (MaTax).

School of Humanities

Prof. Dr. Angelika Storrer has been Professor of German Linguistics at the School of Humanities at the University of Mannheim since 2014. Her research focuses on language and communication in social media, corpus linguistics (methods, resources, didactics), Internet lexicography and the analysis of multimodal hypertexts.

Prof. Dr. Carola Trips holds the chair of  English Linguistics /Diachrony (Anglistik IV) at the University of Mannheim and works in the field of historical linguistics. In addition to synchronic and diachronic syntax and morphology (theories), her research interests include language contact, language change, lexical semantics and corpus linguistics.

Prof. Dr. Hartmut Wessler is Professor of Media and Communication Studies at the University of Mannheim and project director at the Mannheim Center for European Social Research (MZES). His research focuses on comparative aspects of political communication. 

School of Law and Economics

Prof. Dr. Thomas Fetzer has held the Chair of Public Law, Regulatory Law and Tax Law at the University of Mannheim since 2012. He is also a Senior Member of the Mannheim Centre for Competition and Innovation (MaCCI) and a member of the Leibniz ScienceCampus MannheimTaxation. In addition, he is a Research Associate at the Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW).

Prof. Dr. Carsten Trenkler is Professor of Empirical Economics at the University of Mannheim since 2007. He also holds a position as Research Professor at the Institute for Employment Research (IAB) in Nuremburg. His research interests are Univariate and Multiple Time Series Analysis, Bootstrapping and Shrinking Methods.

School of Social Sciences

Prof. Thomas Gschwend, Ph.D.  is a Professor for Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences at the School of Social Sciencesand a project director at the Mannheimer Zentrum für Europäische Sozialforschung (MZES), University of Mannheim.

Prof. Dr. Florian Keusch is Professor of Social Data Science and Methodology in the Sociology Department, School of Social Sciences at the University of Mannheim and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Joint Program in Survey Methodology (JPSM) at the University of Maryland. He also serves on the Faculty Board of the International Program in Survey and Data Science (IPSDS) and is Associate Editor of Survey Research Methods. 

Prof. Marc Ratkovic, Ph.D.  joined the University of Mannheim as a professor for Social Data Science in 2023. His research combines the fields of causal inference, machine learning and natural language processing.

Center for European Economic Research

Prof. Dr. Irene Bertschek  is head of the research department “Digital Economy” at the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim and Professor of Economics of Digitalisation at Justus Liebig University Giessen.

Dr. Georg Licht  is head of the ZEW Research Department “Economics of Innovation and Industrial Dynamics”. He has been holding this position since June 1994. Before that, he was a senior researcher both at ZEW and the University of Augsburg. He obtained his doctoral degree at the University of Augsburg and holds a degree in economics from the University of Heidelberg.

School of Business Informatics and Mathematics

Prof. Dr. Heiko Paulheim is professor for Data Science at the University of Mannheim. His research interest lies in the area of knowledge graphs on the web and their applications, data quality and data cleaning on knowledge graphs and societal impact of artificial intelligence.

Prof. Dr. Simone Paolo Ponzetto  joined the Data and Web Science Group in February 2013 as Juniorprofessor and holds since February 2016 the Chair of Information Systems III (Enterprise Data Analysis) as full professor at the University of Mannheim, where he leads the Natural Language Processing and Information Retrieval group. 

University Library Mannheim

Dr. Sabine Gehrlein is Director of the Mannheim University Library. The library’s objective is to provide the best possible literature and information infrastructure for research, teaching and study at the university. One focus is on research data management, for instance the Research Data Center or cooperation projects such as BERD@NFDI and the OCR BW Competence Center.