Dr Jann Boeddeling

Dr Jann Boeddeling

Visiting Fellow and Guest Teacher

Department of Government

Office Hours
By appointment
English, French, German
Key Expertise
Popular Mobilisation & Revolutions, Subaltern Politics, MENA (esp. Tunisia)

About me

Jann Boeddeling holds a PhD and MRes (distinction) in Political Science from LSE. He is an expert in the Historical Sociology of popular politics and revolutions and has done extensive fieldwork in the Middle East and North Africa. His doctoral research showed that the self-activity of mostly young, unemployed Tunisian men in provincial regions was key to creating revolutionary mass mobilisation in the country in 2010/11 (available for download here). Prior to joining LSE, he studied Management and Economics (BA&MA distinction) at Witten/Herdecke University, Germany, and worked in international development in the Middle East and North Africa.  

His research enquires into the potential and limitations for subaltern self-emancipation under socio-historical conditions of hegemony. It approaches these questions using qualitative, historical approaches in political sociology, looking concretely at dynamics of learning and self-change in the context of popular mobilisation and revolutions. The hypothesis is that these phenomena entail the formation of new knowledge that is potentially counter-hegemonic, can lead to profound changes in (collective) political subjectivities, and even enable revolutionary projects. Jann’s PhD demonstrated how such dynamics allowed young, previously non-politicized men in provincial Tunisia to articulate and successfully mount a challenge to the 23-year dictatorship of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. In his postdoc research, he analyses the role of learning and self-change in the contemporary German climate movement and the populist right, focussing on Fridays for Future and anti-Covid protests (Querdenker Bewegung) in Germany, respectively.

Research interests

  • Historical sociology of popular mobilisation, social movements, and revolutions 
  • Counterhegemonic knowledge-creation through popular self-activity (Praxis) 
  • Hegemony and the potential for subaltern self-emancipation 
  • Subaltern politics, popular culture, and social history  
  • German Revolution & council communism

Teaching responsibilities

  • GV441 – States and Markets

Selected publications

  • ‘From Resistance to Revolutionary Praxis: Subaltern Politics in the Tunisian Revolution’, PhD dissertation, LSE Theses Online, 2020, London, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • ‘Interactions and collective subjectivity – from localised resistance to revolutionary mass mobilization in the Tunisian Uprising, presented at the American Sociological Association Annual Conference, August 2019, New York
  •  ‘Ambiguity, Spontaneity, and Creative Agency in the 2010/11 Tunisian Revolution’, presented at the Middle East Studies Association Annual Meeting, November 2017, Washington DC
  •  ‘Annäherung ans neue Ägypten’, Internationale Politik, no. 01/2012, Sonderbeilage ‘Verantwortung Weltweit 2012’
  • ‘Corporate Social Responsibility: A perspective from Weberian economic sociology‘, Universität Witten/Herdecke discussion papers, no. 22/2012