Ursula Hoffmann-Lange is emeritus Professor of Political Science at the University of Bamberg. She studied political science and sociology at the University of Mannheim where she got her Ph.D. She taught at the universities of Mannheim and Bamberg and was visiting professor at the University of Texas in Austin and at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. Her research interests are on elites, political culture, youth research and democratization. She is member of a research network comparing the political values and attitudes of elites and citizens in old and new democracies. Among her recent publications are a co-edited a book on "Elite Foundations of Social Theory and Politics" (2012) as well as articles on the economic cleavage in old and new democracies, on the model of liberal democracy and on youth and politics in Germany.