Dr. Anna Sieben


Dr. Anna Sieben is a postdoctoral researcher at the chair of social theory and social psychology. She has graduated in psychology (Diplom, MSc level, University of Cologne) and sociology (MA Gender & Culture, Goldsmith College, London).


In her PhD project „Gender and sexuality in classic psychological theories“ she systematically analyzed 12 classic psychological approaches of the 19th and 20th century: How do they address gender and sexuality, theoretically and empirically? For her dissertation she received the Wilhelm Hollenberg Preis (Ruhr-Universität Bochum). Her dissertation was funded by the German National Academic Foundation.


Her areas of expertise (teaching and research) include:

- History and theory of psychology

- Parenting

- Concepts of psychology in everyday life

- Collective behavior and action in the context of pedestrian dynamics

- Cultural psychology

- Psychoanalysis

- Qualitative methods


In her postdoctoral research project (Habilitation) she reconstructs parents’ belief of “good” parent-child-relationships on the basis of interviews and group discussions. In particular, she is interested in how psychological concepts shape lay understandings of what parents are supposed to think, feel and do.

As a postdoctoral scholar Anna Sieben is funded by the Robert-Bosch-Stiftung (Fast Track) and the Stiftung Mercator (Global Young Faculty).


Current research project: "Cultural spaces of psychological knowledge. Parent-child-relationships from the perspective of German and Turkish parents", funded by Mercator Research Center Ruhr (MERCUR), more



A list of publications can be found here.



Office hour: Mondays, 2.00-3.00 pm

Office: GB 04/145

Email: anna.sieben@rub.de

Information for students who are preparing their thesis: here.