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Martin Dege

Assistant Professor

  • Department: Psychology
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Professor Dege joined the American University of Paris in August 2018. Before his arrival he worked at the University of Potsdam, the University Konstanz, the University of Hamburg, and Yale University. He received his PhD and MA degrees from Clark University, Massachusetts and a BA from Freie Universität Berlin. Martin Dege has held teaching appointments at Sigmund Freud University (Berlin, Germany) and the University of Klagenfurt (Austria). He is the recipient of various research scholarships, among others the Marie Curie Program of the EU, the Fritz-Thyssen Foundation, and the German Academic Scholarship Foundation. 

Professor Dege's research follows three strands. On the theoretical level he is interested in the historical emergence of psychology as a discipline, more specifically, how various theoretical ideas have been intertwined with political interests and power struggles to form the discipline as it stands today. On the empirical level, he investigates how new forms of technology change our everyday lives, at once unfolding new potentials for inclusive practices across our society and foreclosing particular local traditions and systems of thought. On the institutional level, he explores concepts of digital humanities and how digitalization changes both research and teaching. 

Professor Dege's last name is pronounced dɛgə or dɛʒ.


PhD, Clark University, Massachusetts 
MA, Clark University, Massachusetts
BA, Freie Universität Berlin



Dege, M. (in preparation). Subjectivity and democracy in action research: The emergence of participatory networks. 
Dege, C., & Dege, M. (2010). Die Lüge und das Politische: Freiheit und Sicherheit in der Präventionsgesellschaft. Gießen: Psychosozial Verlag.


Dege, M., Dege, C., Grallert T., Chimirri, N. (Eds.). (2010). Können Marginalisierte (wieder)sprechen? [Can the marginalized speak?]. Gießen: Psychosozial.


Dege, M. (2020). The Neo-Kantian Paul Natorp and the Role of Subjectivity in Psychology. Integrative Psychological & Behavioral Science, 54(1). pp 142-151.
Dege, M. (2019). Natorp, Holzkamp and the role of subjectivity in psychology. Annual Review of Critical Psychology, 16, 117-133.
Dege, M. & Strasser, I. (2019): The Lone-wolf coder: An autoethnographic reflection on the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois. Human Arenas 2(3). pp 320-344.
Dege, M. (2014). Identity politics. In T. Teo (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology. New York: Springer. 
Dege, M. (2014). The master/slave dialectic. In T. Teo (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology. New York: Springer. 
Dege, M. (2012). Kurt Lewins Action Research Konzept als empirische Grundlage einer historischen, konkreten Psychologie. [Kurt Lewin’s concept of action research as a foundation for a historically concrete psychology]" Erwägen Wissen Ethik 21(4), 24-27. 
Dege, C., & Dege, M. (2011). Der Arabische Frühling in Ägypten und die Entstehung von Alternativen zum westlich-liberalen Demokratiekonzept. [The arab spring and alternatives to western liberal democracy]. Psychologie und Gesellschaftskritik 35(4), 89-111. 
Bergold, J., Dege, M., & Thomas, S. (2011) Editorial. Journal für Psychologie 19(2). 
Dege, M. (2011). Das Gespenst spricht. Zum Entwurf eines neuen Humanismus bei Karl Marx. [The specter speaks: About the idea of a new humanism in Marx’s work]. Journal für Psychologie 19(1). 
Charles, E., & Dege, M. (2008). The beyond must also be useful: The burden of alternative approaches. Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Science 42(2). 
Dege, M. (2008). The university of the future – or rather: The university as it should be. Journal für Psychologie 16(1). 
Ruppel, P. S., Dege M., Andrews, M., & Squire, C. (2008). Tackling problems of qualitative social research: A conversation. Forum Qualitative Social Research 9(1) 
Freeman, M. (2007). Wissenschaft und Narration. Journal für Psychologie 15(2), (translated by Dege, M., & Dege, C.).


Dege, M. (in preparation). Rethinking generalization with Kurt Lewin and action research. In E. Schraube & Højholt, C. (Eds.), Subjectivity and Knowledge: Generalization in the Psychological Study of Everyday Life. New York: Springer. 
Dege, M. (2016). Liquid democracy. And other fixes to the problem of democracy. In I. Otto (Ed.), Reclaiming Participation: Technology, Mediation, Collectivity (pp. 157-176). Berlin: Transcript. 
Dege, M. (2016). Aktionsforschung [Action Research]. In D. Heseler (Ed.), Die Unberechenbarkeit des Subjekts [The unpredictability of the subject]. (pp. 317-350). Wiesbaden: Springer. 
Dege, M. (2015). Psychology of action: German-Scandinavian critical psychology and reflexivity. In P. Marsico (Ed.), Yearbook of idiographic sciences (pp. 117-142). Charlotte, NC: IAP. 
Dege, M. (2012). Anerkennung und Einsicht. [Recognition and acknowledgement] In K-J. Bruder (Ed.), Macht - Kontrolle - Evidenz. Gießen: Psychosozial-Verlag.
Dege, M. (2010). Kritische Psychologie und Politisches Handeln. [Critical psychology and political action]" In M. Dege, Dege, C., Grallert, T., Chimirri, N. (Eds.), Können Marginalisierte (wieder)sprechen. Gießen: Psychosozial Verlag.



Dege, M., & Knigge, M. (Eds.). (in preparation, 2019). Inclusive teaching. Special Issue of Journal für Psychologie. 
Dege, M., & Sichler, R. (Eds.). (2018). General psychology. Special Issue of Journal für Psychologie 26(1). 
Mattes, P. & Dege, M. (Eds.). (2014). Polyamory. Special Issue of Journal für Psychologie 22(1). 
Thomas, S., Bergold, J., & Dege, M. (Eds.) (2011). Participatory research. Special Issue of Journal für Psychologie 19(2). 
Dege, M. (Ed.) (2011). Das kritische Potenzial der Sprache. [The critical potential of language]. Special Issue of Journal für Psychologie 19(1). 
Lohl, J., Dege, M., & Ruppel, P.S. (Eds.). (2010). Political psychology. Special Issue for Journal für Psychologie 18(1). 
Mattes, P., & Dege, M. (Eds.). (2008). Holzkamps Grundlegung der Psychologie. Nach 25 Jahren. [Holzkamp’s ‘Foundations of Psychology’ after 25 years]. Special Issue for Journal für Psychologie 16(2).
Belzen, J., Dege, C., & Dege, M. (Eds.). (2008). The comeback of the psychology of religions. Special Issue for Journal für Psychologie 16(3).


  • Co-editor Journal für Psychologie
  • International Society of Theoretical Psychology
  • American Psychological Association
  • Fellow at the Polonsky Academy for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences

Research Areas

- Narrative 
- Technology and Everyday Life
- History of Psychology
- Cultural Psychology
- Semiotics
- Critical Psychology
- Digital Humanities