Tatiana Zimenkova

TU Dortmund University, Germany

Research interests:

Theories of democracy and participation, citizenship education, activism, minority learners, refugee education, gender & queer studies and qualitative methods in sociology.


Russian, English, German


2000 - Diploma of the Faculty of Sociology, St. Petersburg State University

2006 - PhD in sociology at the Faculty of Sociology, University of Bielefeld, Germany

2016 - Habilitation, venia legendi „Sociology“ Faculty for Sociology/ Institute for Science and Technology Studies, Bielefeld University 


Work experience:

Since 2014 Professor for Diversity in Teacher’s Training, Curricula and Education Research at the Centre for Teacher Training (DoKoLL), TU Dortmund University

Since 2014 Member of the Institute for Philosophy and Political science, the Faculty for Humanitarian sciences and Theology, TU Dortmund University

2012 - 2014 Coordinator of the „Praxis Term“ conception group for social sciences within the Bielefeld School of Education (BISED) Bielefeld University

2013 Coordinator of International cooperation, gender and diversity management at the Bielefeld Graduate School in History and Sociology, Bielefeld University

2009 - 2014 Research fellow and lecturer in teachers training at Faculty for Sociology, Bielefeld University

2005 - 2012 Representative of the German Director of the Centre for German and European Studies (ZDES), Department of Sociology, Bielefeld University

2001-2004 Administrative co-ordinator of the research project “Participation and Dynamics of Social Positionings“ (PARADYS), Institute for Science and Technology Studies, Bielefeld University



Zimenkova, T. 2011. “Between European and National Citizenship Identities: Challenges, Problems and soft Practices of Identity Building in Educational Policies”, in: J.L. Sales Marques, R. Seidelmann , & A. Vasilache (Eds.), States, Regions, and the Global System. Europe and Northern Asia Pacific in Globalised Governance. Baden-Baden: Nomos Publishing House, 199 - 229.

Zimenkova, T. 2011. “Diversity: Future Project of Current Challenge? Construction of the Term Diversity within Citizenship Education in Europe”. Educação, Sociedade & Culturas, 32, 23 - 40.

T. Zimenkova, & I. Menezes (Eds.). 2011. “Critical Civic & Citizenship Education”. Journal of Social Science Education, 10(4).

Zimenkova, T. 2009. “Fusing Public Sociology and Policy Sociology: The New Goal of Sociological Professionalization?”. Laboratorium, 2009(1).

T. Zimenkova, & R. Hedtke (Eds.). 2009. “Sociology? Who Needs It?”. Journal of Social Science Education, 9(4).

Zimenkova, T., & R. Hedtke. 2008. “The talk-and-action approach to citizenship education. An outline of a methodology of critical studies in citizenship education”. Journal of Social Science Education 9, 1, 9(1), 5 - 35.

Zimenkova, T. 2007. Die Praxis der Soziologie: Ausbildung, Wissenschaft, Beratung. Eine professionstheoretische Untersuchung. Bielefeld: transcript.

Hippe, T., T. Zimenkova, & R. Hedtke. 2007. “A Trinity of Transformation, Europeanisation, and Democratisation? Current Research on Citizenship Education in Europe”. Journal of Social Science Education, 5(2), 5 - 20.


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