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Lars Rensmann is Professor of European Politics and Society, Director of the Research Centre for the Study of Democratic Cultures and Politics, and Chair of the Department of European Languages and Cultures at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands, where he also leads the Chair group of European Politics and Society. He is a member of several scientific and editorial boards, including the Journal of International Political Theory.  He previously served as Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Department of Political Science and International Affairs at John Cabot University in Rome. Prior to his return to Europe, he was the DAAD Professor of Political Science in the Department of Political Science at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Lars is also Permanent Fellow at the Moses Mendelssohn Center for European-Jewish Studies, University of Potsdam, Visiting Professor at John Cabot University, and he has been a Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Social Sciences, Humboldt University Berlin. In addition, he has held academic appointments and guest professorships at Yale University, the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Haifa, the University of Vienna, the Free University of Berlin, LMU Munich, and the University of Potsdam, among others. His work focuses on global and European political theory and the history of international political thought; political, democratic, critical and cosmopolitan theory and its contemporary relevance, including normative theories of global constitutionalism and European integration; political theories and empirical analysis of authoritarianism, autocracy, totalitarianism, democracy, and human rights; theories and empirical research on populism, illiberal democracy, populist and radical right parties in Europe; German and European political cultures, parties, democracies, and crises of democracies; (theories of) antisemitism and racism in European politics and society; European and global political cultures and sports cultures; as well as the history of genocide in the age of the Holocaust and its legacy for democratic political cultures. His research has been published in many journals, including the European Journal of Political Theory, European Journal of Cultural & Political Sociology, European View, Journal of European Studies; Politics and Governance; Politics, Religion & Ideology, Politics & Governance, Antisemitism Studies, Critical Horizons, German Politics & Society, Patterns of Prejudice, Political Science, and Perspectives on Politics. Recent and forthcoming book publications include: Global Politics after Arendt and Adorno; Illiberal Democracy: Understanding Populism in the History of Ideas and in our Global Age (in progress); The Politics of Unreason: The Frankfurt School and the Origins of Modern Antisemitism (SUNY Press, 2017); Gaming the World: How Sports Are Reshaping Global Politics and Culture (Princeton UP, 2010; with Andrei S. Markovits), Politics and Resentment: Antisemitism and Counter-Cosmopolitanism in the European Union (Brill, 2011; ed. with Julius H. Schoeps); Arendt and Adorno: Political and Philosophical Investigations (Stanford UP, 2012; ed. with Samir Gandesha).