I am full professor for international relations and political economy at the Department of Political Science at the University of Zurich and Director of the Center for Comparative and International Studies (CIS).
I studied public policy and economics in Konstanz, Montréal, and Barcelona and graduated from ETH Zurich in 2007 with a PhD in Political Science and a dissertation on the political economy of currency crises in 2007. In 2008-09 I held a Fritz-Thyssen-Fellowship at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University and then joined the department of political science at the University of Heidelberg as Junior Professor for International and Comparative Political Economy. I have been working at the University of Zurich's institute for political science (IPZ) since 2013.
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 mass politics of disintegration, the political economy of the global financial crisis and the euro crisis, and the effect of exposure to globalization on individuals’ policy and partisan preferences.
My work has been published by outlets such as American Journal of Political Science, Annual Review of Political Science, Cambridge University Press, Comparative Political Studies, European Union Politics, International Organization, International Studies Quarterly, Political Science Research and Methods, and World Development.
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Recently in the media
My research on the Eurozone crisis has been discussed by the FT Alphaville blog. Die Republik and die Sonntagszeitung discussed my research with John Ahlquist and Mark Copelovitch on how the Swiss franc shock affected the 2015 Polish elections.
Last update: 14 May 2020
Prof. Dr. Stefanie Walter
Institute for Political Science
University of Zurich
+41 44 634 5832
walter -at- ipz.uzh.ch
New book on "The Politics of Bad Options. Why the Eurozone Crisis has been so hard to resolve" (with Nils Redeker and Ari Ray) is forthcoming at Oxford University Press. It compares the Euro crisis to previous crises, includes detailed analyses of interest group preferences and case studies of crisis politics in deficit and surplus countries.
New paper: "The Political Consequences of External Economic Shocks. Evidence from Poland" (with John Ahlquist and Marc Copelovitch) is out at American Journal of Poliical Science.
Tom Pepinsky and I have edited a debate section on the Challenges to the Contemporary World Order, published in JEPP.
New website for my ERC project on "The Mass Politics of Disintegration" (DISINTEGRATION):