Alumni (National Fellow)

Stefan Heumann

National Fellow
Freie Universitat Berlin (2003)
M.A. University of Pennsylvania (2006)
Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania (2009)
Professional Sector:
Dream Mentor:
Richard White
Stanford University
Field of Interest:
American Political Development


Stefan Heumann is member of the management board of Stiftung Neue Verantwortung (SNV). Prior to joining the board, he initiated and built the European Digital Agenda program together with Ben Scott and directed it until March 2016, laying the foundation for the further strategic development of the SNV into a think tank working at the intersection of technology and society. He has worked and published on a wide range of issues such as technology & innovation, cybersecurity, cyber-foreign policy, surveillance & privacy, and future of work. His opinion pieces and commentary have appeared in German and international media outlets such as New York Times, Financial Times, Politico, The Economist, SĂĽddeutsche Zeitung and Spiegel Online. Before joining SNV in 2013, Heumann coordinated the public affairs section of the US Consulate General in Hamburg. From 2009 to 2010 he taught and researched political science as assistant professor at the University of Northern Colorado. Stefan holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and studied political science at the Free University of Berlin, the University of the Provence in Aix-en-Provence, and the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

Thesis Description:

The Tutelary Empire: State- and Nation-Building in the 19th Century U.S.
Heumann used a historical-institutionalist approach in his dissertation, locating the origins of key U.S. institutions in British imperial policies in North America and tracing their development throughout the 19th century. He argued that state-building, understood as the establishment of governing authority as well as the construction and expansion of administrative capacity and bureaucratic autonomy, is distinguished from nation-building, the process of inclusion and exclusion of diverse populations within the polity. The concept of tutelage, Heumann stated, captures the approach of the U.S. government to populations who were subjected to U.S. governing authority without sharing the political rights, protections, and privileges of those residing within one of the states of the Union.

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