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Degrees and Honours

Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Studies (Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, 2011), Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (Freie Universität Berlin, 2012), Master of Arts in Political Science (Freie Universität Berlin, 2016), Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science (Johns Hopkins University, 2022)

Environmental Political Theory Best Paper award (WPSA, 2022)

Membership of Professional Bodies/Associations

Western Political Science Association

International Association for Environmental Philosophy


Franziska Strack is a political theorist with interests in political ecology, the environmental humanities, feminism and decolonialism, art and media, and time. Through her work, she generates concepts for the involvement of sensing human bodies and more-than-human environments in political events.

Currently, Franziska explores the role of sound in political practices. Specifically, she examines how linguistic, musical, and infra/ultrasonic sounds shape the experience, theoretical configuration, and normative evaluation of political communication and community-building. She also uses sound to address how changing acoustic fields, due to climate change, and agentic environmental forces call for new notions of collective action and living-together.

In addition to her academic work, Franziska has been involved in various outreach activities, most recently a panel discussion on music, sound and nature, and a radio interview on silence


“Sounds Like America: The Ecopolitics of Walt Whitman and John Luther Adams,” Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik 70, no. 1 (March 2022), 23–37.

“From Sound to Music: Listening to the Political with Gilles Deleuze,” Contemporary Political Theory (January 2022).

“Bodies Underwater: Jean Painlevé and the Adventures of Interspecies Communication,” Environmental Humanities 13, no. 1 (May 2021), 181–200.