Rouven works at the intersection of the humanities and social sciences. Trained in Political Sociology (MSc, London School of Economics), Cultural Theory and History (MA; Humboldt University Berlin), and Comparative Literature (BA; Free University Berlin), he engages with contemporary political and cultural phenomena from an interdisciplinary perspective. Rouven’s PhD at the European University Institute (EUI, Department of Political and Social Sciences) in Florence examines concepts of solidarity in a genealogical framework under the supervision of Professor Andrea Sangiovanni (King’s College London). The thesis combines a political thought perspective on the transformation of solidarity from a legal to a socio-political concept, and a social and political theory perspective on contemporary policy issues regarding solidarity. Rouven is also a convenor of the Legal and Political Theory Working Group at the EUI.
From August 2021, Rouven will be a Visiting Researcher at the University of California, Berkeley. Rouven also has work experience in Management Consulting and with the United Nation’s Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) in New York.