Jan Rehmann

Visiting Professor for Critical Theory & Social Analysis
Ph.D. Program Director


99 Claremont Ave #502
New York, NY 10027


Free University Berlin, Habilitation and “venia legendi” in Philosophy, 2003
Free University Berlin, Ph.D with “summa cum laude” in Philosophy, 1997
Board of Education in Berlin, Advanced State Examination for Higher Education (Zweite Staatsprüfung für das Amt des Studienrats) in History and French, 1985
Assistant High School teacher (Referendar) in Berlin: History, Political Science, French, 1983-1985
Free University Berlin, First State Examination for Higher Education (Erste, Wissenschaftliche Staatsprüfung für das Amt des Studienrats) in History and French, 1982
Assistant High School teacher (“assistant allemand”) in Moulins sur Allier (France), 1975-1976
High School Marquartstein (Bavaria), Abitur/Diploma, 1972



Jan Rehmann holds two doctorates in Philosophy (Ph.D. and Habilitation) and is an internationally recognized critical theorist and social analyst. He has been teaching social theories, philosophy and modern languages (French and German) at Union Theological Seminary since 1998. He also teaches philosophy at the Free University in Berlin. His publications comprise several monographs, edited books and numerous essays, chapters and dictionary entries. In 2012, his book Max Weber: Modernisierung als passive Revolution received an award for the promotion of excellent publications in the Humanities and Social Sciences by the Börsenverein des deutschen Buchhandels.

Best known for his expertise in theories of ideology, hegemony and religion, Jan Rehmann combines scholarly research with public engagement and social justice activism. He co-founded the Berlin “Volksuni” (people’s university) and became its chief-coordinator (1986-92). Starting with a clandestine meeting in Czechoslovakia in 1988 between dissenting Marxists and theologians (e.g. Dorothee Sölle and Jürgen Moltmann), he has been engaged in many Christian-Marxist dialogues in Germany and the US. From 2005 onwards, he did extensive work with the Poverty Initiative, including classes on social theories, poverty and social justice movements (with Willie Baptist), several immersion trips with students, numerous lectures and presentations as well as the publication of the co-authored book Pedagogy of the Poor. He took part in Occupy Wall Street actions and published on the strengths and weaknesses of the movement. He is a founding member of the Berlin “Institute for Critical Theory” (INKRIT), a co-editor of the encyclopedia “Historical-Critical Dictionary of Marxism” (HKWM), a guidance counselor in the German think tank Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, and a member of the Advisory Board of the New York Left Forum.


Marxism, Critical Theories, Postmodernism (Spring 2016)
The Philosophy of Ernst Bloch (Seminar at the Free University Berlin, Summer 2016)
Social Justice — Philosophical Foundations, Structures of Injustice, Current Struggles” (Spring 2017).