Professor Jürgen Rüland studied Political Science, History and German Literature at the University of Freiburg, Germany. He earned a Ph.D. in Political Science (1981) and his habilitation degree from the University of Freiburg (1989). Previously he worked as a research fellow at the Arnold-Bergstraesser-Institute Freiburg (1978-1991) and held professorships at the University of Passau (1991-1993) and the University of Rostock (1993-1998). Since 1998 he is professor for International Relations at the University of Freiburg. He served as Dean of the Faculty of Humanities IV (2000-2002), as Director of the Arnold-Bergstraesser-Institute Freiburg (2001-2007) and as Chairman of the Academic Advisory Board of the GIGA German Institute for Global and Area Studies, Hamburg (2006-2014). Since November 2009 Prof Rüland is the Chairperson of the University of Freiburg’s Southeast Asia Program.