Jan Rehmann

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


3041 Broadway
Faculty Box #232
New York, NY 10027


Erste, Wissenschaftliche Staatsprüfung für das Amt des Studienrats, Free University Berlin, 1982
Ph.D., Free University Berlin, Summa Cum Laude, 1997
Venia Legendi and HabilitationFree University Berlin, 2003

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Professor 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, Professor 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.


Encounters between Philosophy, Social Theory and Religion (Spring 2018)
Ernst Bloch in unserer Zeit — Re-Lektüre und Aktualisierung (Summer 2018 — at the Free University in Berlin)
Theological German (Fall 2018)
Theological French (Fall 2018)
Marxism, Critical Theories, Postmodernism (Spring 2019)