Hedwig Lieback

Hedwig Lieback

Research Interest


Hedwig Lieback is a Ph.D. student in Political Science focusing on political theory, her minor field is Law. Prior to coming to Columbia, she studied at UT Austin, Princeton University, and Leipzig University. She received her B.A. and M.A. from Leipzig University in American Studies and wrote her master’s thesis on W.E.B. Du Bois’s Black Reconstruction. Her dissertation focuses on four legal movements in Germany and the U.S. that attempted to address and revert the entrenchment of socio-economic inequality through the law. The dissertation draws on the history of political thought, legal theory and legal sociology, research on law and political economy, and normative questions raised by both legal and democratic theorists.

Her dissertation research is currently supported by the Center for Political Economy at Columbia.

Additionally, Ms. Lieback held a scholarship of the German Academic Scholarship Foundation and received an undergraduate and a graduate grant for study abroad in the United States from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

Book chapters: 

Lieback, Hedwig. 2021. “World Revolution and Its Requirements: On the National Right to Self-Determination, Autonomy, and the Accumulation of Capital.” in Rosa Luxemburg: Leben und Wirken, vol. 1, eds. Frank Jacob, Albert Scharenberg, Jörn Schütrumpf, Büchner Verlag: Berlin.