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Hertie School hires new professors to expand focus on digitalisation and globalisation

New Data Lab to strengthen data-driven social science research.

Berlin, 6 February 2019 – New professors Arjun Appadurai, Anita Gohdes, Leonardo Iacovone and Slava Jankin Mikhaylov joined the Hertie School at the start of the spring semester in February 2019. This raises the number of faculty members at the Berlin public policy university to 34.

Prof. Dr. Anita Gohdes joins the Hertie School as Professor of International and Cyber Security from the University of Zürich. The new professorship is funded by NXP Semiconductors Germany. Gohdes will be part of the Hertie School’s Centre for International Security Policy, which is led by Professor Wolfgang Ischinger. 

Prof. Slava Jankin Mikhaylov, PhD, joins the school as Professor of Data Science and Public Policy and Director of the Hertie School’s new Data Lab, currently under development. Jankin was previously at the University of Essex. His research focuses on natural language processing and machine learning. As head of the Data Lab, he will use data-supported social science research and policy consulting methods and further develop applications for their use.

With the addition of Prof. Arjun Appadurai, PhD, the Hertie School welcomes one of academia's most renowned researchers on globalisation. Appadurai has been a Senior Fellow since 2017, and now joins the faculty as Professor of Anthropology and Globalisation. In parallel, he will continue his work at New York University.

As Professor of Economics, the World Bank economist Leonardo Iacovone will also join the Hertie School. His research at the World Bank over the last decade has focused on development economics, entrepreneurship, innovation and trade, and he has also advised numerous international organisations.

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The Hertie School in Berlin prepares exceptional students for leadership positions in government, business, and civil society. The school offers master’s, doctoral and executive education programmes, distinguished by interdisciplinary and practice-oriented teaching, as well as outstanding research. Its extensive international network positions it as an ambassador of good governance, characterised by public debate and engagement. The school was founded in 2003 by the Hertie Foundation, which remains its major funder. The Hertie School is accredited by the state and the German Science Council.

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