Prof. Dr. Stefanie Walter
Prof. Dr. Stefanie Walter


I am a professor for international relations and political economy at the Department of Political Science at the University of Zurich.

In my research, I concentrate on the fields of international and comparative political economy, with a particular focus on how distributional conflicts, policy preferences and institutions affect economic policy outcomes. Current projects examine the political economy of the global financial crisis and the euro crisis, disintegration referenda, and the effect of exposure to globalization on individuals’ policy and partisan preferences.


My work has been published by outlets such as Cambridge University Press, Comparative Political Studies, International Organization, International Studies Quarterly, and World Development.

About me

I studied public policy and economics in Konstanz, Montréal, and Barcelona. I then did my PhD in Political Science at ETH Zurich, where I graduated with a dissertation on the political economy of currency crises in 2007. During my post-doc years, I held a Fritz-Thyssen-Fellowship at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. In 2009, I joined the department of political science at the University of Heidelberg as Junior Professor for International and Comparative Political Economy. I have been full professor for international relations and political economy at the University of Zurich's institute for political science since 2013.


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Recently in the media


Interviews in Die ZEIT und Schweizer Monat about my research on globalization, expert in talkshow "SRF Arena" on Globalization.


Interview about Brexit and its implications for Switzerland in the Aargauer Zeitung, Radio Zürisee und SRF Rumantsch.


Last update: 22 November 2016


Prof. Dr. Stefanie Walter

Institute for Political Science

University of Zurich

Affolternstr. 56

8050 Zurich



+41 44 634 5832

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Twitter: @stefwalter__


New working paper on "Open Economy Politics and Brexit: Insights, Puzzles, and Ways Forward" (co-authored with Erica Owen).


APSA presentation of our new paper on "Keeping the euro at any cost? Explaining preferences for eurozone membership in Greece."


New paper on the mass politics of disintegration referenda (co-authored by Elias Dinas, Ignacio Jurado, Nikitas Konstantinidis and myself): Disintegration by popular vote: Expectations, foreign intervention and the vote in the 2015 Greek bailout referendum.


Our special issue on "The Political Economy of the Euro crisis" (co-edited with Mark Copelovitch and Jeffry Frieden) has been published in Comparative Political Studies.

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