Klaus-Gerd Giesen, born in Germany, is currently professor of political science at Université Clermont Auvergne in Clermont-Ferrand, France. He received his doctoral degree from the University of Geneva, Switzerland, and has successively been assistant and instructor at the University of Geneva, privat-docent at the University of Lausanne (Switzerland), adjunct professor and professor at the Université Catholique Louvain (Belgium), as well as professor at the University of Leipzig (Germany) where he acted for some time as director of the Institute of Political Science.
In addition, he taught several years as visiting professor at the Université de Lausanne, Switzerland, and at the Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium. Shorter visiting professor appointments occured at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes on Sciences Sociales in Paris, France, at the Université de Champagne-Ardenne (France), and at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Aix-en-Provence (France). He has also been visiting researcher at the philosophy department of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles (USA) and at the Division of Humanities and Social Sciences of the California Institute Technology in Pasadena (USA). In addition, he taught for three years at the University of Lyon (France).
He founded, and edited between July 2011 and December 2017, the online journal Academic Foresights. His academic prizes: Prix Lemonon of the Institut de France (1994); Prix Schappler of the Société Académique de Genève (1992).