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


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


Interviews in Die ZEIT, Schweizer Monat, Der Standard, Handelszeitung, LuzernerZeitung/St.Galler Tagblatt, UZH Magazin, 3sat, and Echo der Zeit about my research on globalization.


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.


Radio interviews about the EU and the backlash against globalization on SRF1,  SRF2 Kultur, SRF4 News,  and monocle radio.


TV appearances in "SRF Arena" on globalization and "SRF Club" on the EU and world politics.


Interviews about Brexit and its implications for Switzerland in the Aargauer Zeitung, Radio Zürisee, CBC radio, SRF Tagesgespräch, SRF Rumantsch, and Radio 3FACH.


Last update: 14 May 2020


Prof. Dr. Stefanie Walter

Institute for Political Science

University of Zurich

Affolternstr. 56

8050 Zurich



+41 44 634 5832

walter -at-

Twitter: @stefwalter__



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):

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