Lucienne Wagner

Associated Doctoral Fellow


Campus Am Neuen Palais
Am Neuen Palais 10
Building 1, Room 0.15
14469 Potsdam


consulting hours
by appointment only

Dissertation Project

Diversity and Intersectional Antidiscrimination Politics in Higher Education in Germany

The term ‘diversity’ provokes very different reactions. For some academics the term ‘diversity’ is upsetting and colonizing (Angela Davis 2006), others point out how diversity makes some people “feel good” and that it therefore can be used “to do different things” (Sara Ahmed 2007). My PhD project explores the different uses of “diversity” in institutions of higher education in Germany. I want to carve out what different critical approaches offer and in which ways they can make institutions rethink diversity and the possibilities it provides. I will analyse different approaches in de- and postcolonial theory regarding the concept of diversity and connect these theoretical explorations with my own empirical research. Through interviews I will take a closer look at the meanings, usages and challenges of diversity in the context of institutions of higher education in Germany. My current research builds upon prior research on intersectional and queer diversity politics at the University of California ("Working from both ends: Intersectional and Queer Diversity Politics at UC Berkeley“). 


Lucienne is an associated member of the Research Training Group Minor Cosmopolitanisms and a PhD candidate at the University of Koblenz supervised by Prof. Dr. Ina Kerner. She holds an M.A. and a B.A. in Social Sciences from Humboldt University in Berlin and studied at the University of California Berkeley as well as at the University of Uppsala, Sweden.  Before she started her PhD in fall 2019, she worked for three years as a senior research scientist for Citizens For Europe on Antidiscrimination and Equality Data. Together with the research team of Vielfalt Entscheidet she developed an equality data collection tool and co-authored the study about its first-ever application in Berlin’s public administration. From January 2015 to July 2016 she worked as a research assistant at the Department for Sociology at Freie Universität Berlin and did qualitative research on gendered decision-making regarding retirement. Lucienne also is a certified Social Justice and Diversity Trainer. 

Research Interests

  • Anti-discrimination Policies
  • Anti-discrimination and Equality Data
  • Critical Race Theory
  • Gender and Diversity
  • Intersectionality
  • Queer Theory

Selected Talks

November 2018  “The relationship of Gender and Diversity Politics”, Research Day Gender and Diversity, University Koblenz.

 February 2018 “Antidiscrimination and Equality Data in Berlin’s Public Administration”, Humboldt University Berlin.

 January 2017 “Safe Spaces and their Role in Institutions of Higher Education“, Action Days Against Homophobia, University of Fulda.

 June 2016 “Possibilities of queer and intersectional Diversity Politics“, Conference of Diversity Researchers from Germany, Austria and Switzerland, Helmut Schmidt University Hamburg.


Scholarships and Awards

PhD-Scholarship from the Rosa-Luxemburg Foundation (since September 2019).

Visiting Scholarship of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD); awarded for a research stay at the University of California Berkeley (April-May 2014).

Study Abroad Scholarship of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD); Studies at University of California Berkeley, Social Sciences, Gender and Women’s Studies and Performance Studies Program (2012-2013).

Erasmus Program Uppsala University, Sweden. Department of Sociology (2009-2010).