Hedwig Richter is a historian at the Hamburg Institute for Social Research. Her research focuses on democracy, migration, and religion. Most recently, she was a deputy professor for Recent History at Heidelberg University. Hedwig also regularly writes for the FAZ, SZ, or taz and can often be heard on public radio. Her last book "Modern elections: A history of democracy in Prussia and the United States of America" (Moderne Wahlen. Eine Geschichte der Demokratie in Preußen und den USA) was awarded the Democracy Award of the University of Cologne.