People and Roles

PhD Coordinators

The coordinators are the first point of contact for you as a PhD candidate, serving as the interface between the Graduate School, candidates, and supervisors. The supervisory committee is responsible for subject-matter support for candidates.

If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment for a consultation, please e-mail the coordinator responsible for your PhD subject
Person Role Contact
Dr. Stefan Riegelnik

PhD coordinator for history and philosophy

Telefonbuch (PHILOS)
Telefonbuch (HIST)

Milena Guthörl

PhD coordinator for classics, Asian and oriental studies, and gender studies

Dr. Miriam Volmert PhD coordinator for film studies, art history, musicology and cultural analysis 044 634 58 93; 
Dr. Christoph Steier

PhD coordinator for literature (except for Romance studies)

044 634 31 71;
Prof. Dr. Rita Catrina Imboden

PhD coordinator for literature (Romance studies)

Dr. Sascha Völlmin

PhD coordinator for linguistics, computer linguistics and phonetics


PhD coordinator for psychology or
PD Dr. Martina Koch

PhD coordinator for education and teaching

Dr. Doreen Spörer-Wagner

PhD coordinator for social sciences (Communication and Media Research, Cultural Studies, Political Science, Social and Cultural Anhropology, Sociology)


Coordination Office

The office’s main role is coordinating administrative processes within the Graduate School. It draws up and reviews quality assurance measures, and provides the Graduate School Vice Dean of Studies with input as a basis for making decisions. Together with the coordinators, the office is the point of contact for PhD candidates, supervisors, institutes, and departments.

Our office counter will remain closed until further notice. Please contact us via email or telephone.

Person Role Contact Availability
Dr. Sandra Schneeberger Office Manager Telefonbuch  Mon–Fri
Regula Sprecher Doctoral affairs Telefonbuch  Tues & Thur

Vice Dean of Studies

The Graduate School Vice Dean of Studies heads the Graduate School. She is also the confidant and person to contact in the event of conflict at the doctoral level.

Please submit any applications and general inquiries to the Vice Dean of Studies via  Online PhD Admin Services or via e-mail:

Person Role   Contact  
Prof. Dr. Svenja Goltermann Graduate School Vice Dean of Studies  

Academic Integrity Officer for PhD students

In case of conflicts or problems with supervisors, you can contact the Graduate School Vice Dean of Studies.

Prof. Dr. Svenja Goltermann
Universität Zürich
Philosophische Fakultät
Rämistrasse 69
CH-8001 Zürich
+41 44 634 50 39

A first point of contact may also be your PhD coordinator.

Executive Committee

The Graduate School Executive Committee is a Permanent Committee of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. It comprises the Graduate School Vice Dean of Studies, who by virtue of her office chairs the committee, and eight additional members who are full and associate professors, who represent the PhD subjects in the various groups of subjects. In addition to this is one representative of each of the bodies.

Members of the Management Committee (term of office 1 February 2019–31 January 2021)

Person Subject Member of Graduate School Subject Boards
Prof. Dr. Svenja Goltermann (Prodekanin)    
Prof. Dr. Veronika Brandstätter Psychologie FA 3.1
Prof. Dr. Carmen Cardelle Lateinische Philologie FA 1.2
Prof. Dr. Kai Niebert Erziehungswissenschaft FA 3.2
Prof. Dr. Gesine Krüger Geschichte FA 1.1
Prof. Dr. Sylvia Sasse Slavistik FA 2.1
Prof. Dr. Barbara Sonnenhauser Linguistik FA 2.2
Prof. Dr. Marco Steenbergen Politikwissenschaft FA 4
Prof. Dr. Hans B. Thomsen Kunstgeschichte FA 1.3
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Rother Ständevertreter der Privatdozierenden  
Benjamin Wolf (MSc) Ständevertreter des Mittelbaus  
Mareike Suter Ständevertreterin der Studierenden  

Subject Boards

Each subject board comprises between two and six subject representatives who are professors, plus at least one representative of the PhD candidates (the number of members representing PhD candidates must not be more than one-third of the number of professors on a particular subject board). 
Each subject board guides and advises the coordinators from a subject matter point of view; it supports coordinators with the development of subject-matter-related, cross-disciplinary and interdisciplinary events courses and events, and informs the organization unit it represents on subject-matter topics and all other matters dealt with by the specialist committee.

Members of the subject boards (term of office 1 February 2019–31 January 2021)

Subject Board Geschichte und Philosophie

Prof. Dr. Francis Cheneval

Prof. Dr. Martin Dusinberre
Prof. Dr. Hanjo Glock
Prof. Dr. Gesine Krüger
Prof. Dr. Anne Meylan
Prof. Dr. Simon Teuscher
Vertretung der Doktorierenden:
Krystina Schaub
Eveline Szarka
PhD coordinator: Dr. Stefan Riegelnik
Subject Board Altertums-, Asien-Orient-Wissenschaften, Gender Studies
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Behr
Prof. Dr. Carmen Cardelle
Prof. Dr. Philippe Della Casa
Prof. Dr. Angelika Malinar
Vertretung der Doktorierenden:
Ayşe Zeynep Pamuk Suleri
PhD coordinator: Milena Guthörl
Subject Board Film-, Kunst-, Musikwissenschaft, Kulturanalyse
Prof. Dr. Inga Mai Groote
Prof. Dr. Marius Rimmele
Prof. Dr. Hans B. Thomsen
Prof. Dr. Philipp Sarasin
Prof. Dr. Margrit Tröhler
Vertretung der Doktorierenden:
Franziska Reich
PhD coordinator: Dr. Miriam Volmert
Subject Board Literaturwissenschaft
Prof. Dr. Johannes Bartuschat
Prof. Dr. Frauke Berndt
Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Bronfen
Prof. Dr. Lena Rohrbach

Prof. Dr. Sylvia Sasse

Prof. Dr. Barbara Straumann
Vertretung der Doktorierenden:
Raoul DuBois
PhD coordinators: Dr. Christoph Steier / Prof. Dr. Rita Catrina Imboden
Subject Board Linguistik, Computerlinguistik und Phonetik
Prof. Dr. Balthasar Bickel
Prof. Dr. Volker Dellwo
Prof. Dr. Barbara Sonnenhauser

Prof. Dr. Heiko Hausendorf

Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Stark

Prof. Dr. Olga Timofeeva

Vertretung der Doktorierenden:
Christian Ebert
Noëmi Aepli
PhD coordinator Dr. Sascha Völlmin
Subject Board Psychologie
Prof. Dr. Veronika Brandstätter
Prof. Dr. Alexandra M. Freund
Prof. Dr. Brigit Kleim
Prof. Dr. Lutz Jäncke
Prof. Dr. Carolin Strobl
Prof. Dr. Johannes Ullrich
Vertretung der Doktorierenden:
Isabella Bertschi
Clara Overkott
PhD coordinator: Dr. Marion Landis
Subject Board Erziehungswissenschaft und Fachdidaktik
Prof. Dr. Ingeborg Hedderich
Prof. Dr. Kai Niebert
Vertretung der Doktorierenden: 
Nehemia Quiring
PhD coordinator: PD Dr. Martina Koch
Subject Board Sozialwissenschaften
Prof. Dr. Daniele Caramani
Prof. Dr. Frank Esser
Prof. Dr. Peter Finke
Prof. Dr. Katja Rost
Prof. Dr. Marco Steenbergen
Prof. Dr. Bernhard Tschofen
Vertretung der Doktorierenden:
Mareike Scherer
Anna Staender 
PhD coordinator: Dr. Doreen Spörer-Wagner

Graduate School

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Graduate School is the organizational and administrative umbrella for all PhD subjects offered by the University of Zurich Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. 

The Graduate School is there to promote junior scholars and support and advise PhD candidates and the faculty throughout a doctoral degree. It takes care of quality assurance and assumes the tasks associated with the doctoral degree.

The Graduate School comprises the Vice Dean of Studies responsible, the Executive Committee, the subject boards of the various groups of subjects, and nine PhD coordinators. The Vice Dean of Studies is supported by a coordination office. 

Reglement über die Organisation der Graduiertenschule der Philosophischen Fakultät der Universität Zürich (ROGS) (PDF, 90 KB)