Martin Dege

Assistant Professor, Fellow of the Teaching and Learning Center

  • 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, M., Dege, C., Grallert T., Chimirri, N. (Eds.). (2010). Können Marginalisierte (wieder)sprechen? [Can the marginalized speak?]. Gießen: Psychosozial.
  • Dege, C., & Dege, M. (2010). Die Lüge und das Politische: Freiheit und Sicherheit in der Präventionsgesellschaft [The Lie and the Political: Freedom and Security in the Prevention Society. 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 politics of psychology as a science: Some comments on research for and about the folk. Theory & Psychology30(3), 388-394. doi.o0r.g1/107.171/0779/509359534534230290911652585
  • Dege, M. (2020). The Neo-Kantian Paul Natorp and the Role of Subjectivity in Psychology. Integrative Psychological & Behavioral Science54(1), 142-151. doi:10.1007/s12124-019-09501-7
  • Dege, M. & Knigge, M. (2020). Editorial - Professionalisierung im Bereich Inklusion [Editorial – Professionalization for Inclusion]. Journal für Psychologie2019(2), 3-5. doi:10.30820/0942-2285-2019-2-3
  • Jäntsch, C., Dege, M., & Knigge, M. (2020). »Wenn Sie da reingucken, ist da wirklich eine große Wüste …« [“If you take a closer look… its as empty as a dessert…]. Professionalisierung für Inklusion [Professionalization for Inclusion], Journal für Psychologie 27(2), 143-169. doi:10.30820/0942-2285-2019-2-143
  • Dege, M. (2019). Natorp, Holzkamp and the role of subjectivity in psychology. Annual Review of Critical Psychology16, 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 Arenas2(3), 322-340.
  • 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 Grounding for a Historical and Concrete Psychology]. Erwägen Wissen Ethik22(1), 24-27.
  • Dege, C., & Dege, M. (2011). Der arabische Frühling in Ägypten und die Entstehung von Alternativen zum westlich-liberalen Demokratiekonzept [The Arab Spring in Egypt and the Emegrence of Alternatives to Western Democracy]. Psychologie & Gesellschaftskritik35(4), 89-111. 
  • Dege, M. (2011). Das Gespenst spricht. Zum Entwurf eines neuen Humanismus bei Karl Marx [The Specter Speaks: About a New Humanism in the Writings of Karl Marx]. Journal für Psychologie19(1). 
  • Dege, M. (2011). Editorial zu “Das kritische Potenzial der Sprache” [Editorial – The Critical Potential of Language]. Journal für Psychologie19(1). 
  • Bergold, J., Dege, M., & Thomas, S. (2011). Editorial zu “Partizipative Forschung” [Editorial: Participatory Research]. Journal für Psychologie19(2). 
  • Belzen, J., Dege, C., & Dege, M. (2008). Editorial: Das Comeback der Religionspsychologie [Editorial The Comeback of the Psychology of Religion]. Journal für Psychologie16(3). Retrieved from
  • Charles, E., & Dege, M. (2008). The Beyond Must Also be Useful: The Burden of Alternative Approaches. Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Science42(2), 194-199. doi:10.1007/s12124-008-9064-9
  • Mattes, P., & Dege, M. (2008). Editorial: Holzkamps Grundlegung der Psychologie: Nach 25 Jahren [Editorial Holzkamp’s Foundation of Psychology after 25 Years]. Journal für Psychologie16(2). Retrieved from
  • Dege, M. (2008). The University of the future – or rather: The University as it should be. Journal für Psychologie16(1).
  • Ruppel, P. S., Dege, M., Andrews, M., & Squire, C. (2008). Tackling Problems of Qualitative Social Research: A Conversation. Forum Qualitative Social Research9(1). Retrieved from
  • Dege, M. (2020). Rethinking Generalization with Kurt Lewin and Action Research. In C. Højholt & E. Schraube (Eds.), Subjectivity and Knowledge: Generalization in the Psychological Study of Everyday Life (pp. 41-60). New York: Springer.
  • Dege, M. (2017). Aktionsforschung [Action Research]. In D. Heseler, R. Iltzsche, O. Rojon, J. Rüppel, & T. D. Uhlig (Eds.), Perspektiven kritischer Psychologie und qualitativer Forschung: zur Unberechenbarkeit des Subjekts[Perspectives of Critical Psychology and Qualitative Research: The unpredictability of the Subject] (pp. 317-350). Wiesbaden: 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. (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 [Power – Control – Evidence]. Gießen: Psychosozial-Verlag.
  • Dege, C., Dege, M., Grallert, T., & Chimirri, N. (2010). Einleitung [Introduction]. In M. Dege, T. Grallert, C. Dege, & N. Chimirri (Eds.), Können Marginalisierte (wieder)sprechen? [Can the marginalized speak?] (pp. 13-34). Gießen: Psychosozial Verlag.
  • Dege, C., Dege, M., Grallert, T., & Chimirri, N. (2010). Widersprechen! [Contradict!] In M. Dege, T. Grallert, C. Dege, & N. Chimirri (Eds.), Können Marginalisierte (wieder)sprechen? [Can the marginalized speak?] (pp. 471-496). Gießen: Psychosozial Verlag.
  • Dege, M. (2010). Kritische Psychologie und politisches Handeln [Critical Psychology and Political Action.] In M. Dege, T. Grallert, C. Dege, & N. Chimirri (Eds.), Können Marginalisierte (wieder)sprechen? [Can the marginalized speak?. Gießen: Psychosozial Verlag.


  • Dege, M., & Knigge, M. (Eds.). (2020). 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