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


Current Teaching  (Fall 2019)


Theories & Systems (BA, lecture)

     > Co-Teaching, Organizor


International Polutics (BA, lecture)



Information for students


Information about writing your MA thesis at the Chair for International Relations and Political Economy can be found here.


Information for contacting me for a letter of reference can be found here.



Teaching Philosophy


My goal as a teacher is to enable students to understand what they are learning, to  evaluate it and  to apply what they have learned to the real world. In the classroom, I therefore see my role in explaining and critically evaluating core theoretical or methodological concepts and in emphasizing their real world implications. One of the most important things I want to teach my students is critical thinking. I want them to critically evaluate what they are learning: Is the theoretical argument logically consistent? Is the empirical evidence convincing? Was the appropriate methodology used? Can you think of alternative explanation that might yield the same results? By asking these questions, I hope that students learn to develop their own opinion, as well as to make convincing arguments. In addition, my goal is to be fair and approachable. I make the rules of my courses and my evaluation criteria very clear from the beginning and give students feedback on why they received a certain grade and what they could do in the future to improve their performance. Finally, I try to create an atmosphere of mutual respect in my courses and to make them very interactive. This includes giving students serious and comprehensible answers to their questions and teaching students to give constructive feedback and to respectfully express their disagreement with someone else’s ideas. Students are encouraged to participate in discussions and I use  interactive e-learning platforms for most of my courses.


Past Teaching


International Relations

  • Advanced Introduction to International Relations
  • Specialization IR: The bilateral relations between Switzerland and the EU
  • Specialization IR: European Monetary Policy
  • Specialization IR: Globalization


Political Economy

  • Theories of justice and distributive conflict in capitalist democracies
  • International Political Economy
  • Risk and Politics
  • The Politics of International Money & Finance
  • Globalization and states’ capacity to act
  • Theoretical and Empirical Research on Economic Voting
  • Selected Topics in International Political Economy
  • Special Topics in IPE
  • Causes and Consequences of Globalization


Research Methods

  • Research Methods in Political Science II
  • Research Design
  • Advanced Political Science Methods II: Advanced Regression
  • Research Designs in Political Science
  • Statistics Refresher




Current Doctoral Students

- Tabea Palmtag

- Ari Ray

- Nils Redeker


Current Post-Docs

- Dr. Loriana Crasnic

- Dr. Valentin Lang


Past doctoral students

Ruth Beckmann, graduated 2016 (Uni Heidelberg)

"Don't Steal My Steel. How Interest Group Systems Impact Iron and Steel Policies"


Wolfgang Dietz, graduated 2015 (Uni Heidelberg)

"International Institutions in an Uncertain Environment. Success and Failure of Regime Formation in the Context of Complex Policy Issues."


Tobias Rommel, graduated 2018 (University of Zurich)

"Foreign Direct Investment and the Politics of Autocratic Survival"


Former post-docs in my group:

Prof. Dr. Irene Menendez Gonzalez,  Dr. Raphael Reinke




Prof. Dr. Stefanie Walter

Institute for Political Science

University of Zurich

Affolternstr. 56

8050 Zurich



+41 44 634 5832

walter -at-

Twitter: @stefwalter__


Tom Pepinsky and I have edited a debate section on the Challenges to the Contemporary World Order, which is forthcoming in JEPP.


New website for my ERC project on "The Mass Politics of Disintegration" (DISINTEGRATION):


Our paper (with John Ahlquist and Mark Copelovitch) on the political consequences of the Swiss franc revaluation shock is forthcoming at AJPS.


Want to know what the EU-27 public thinks about Brexit? Here's my newest paper presenting data from a December 2018 survey among 10432 EU-27 Europeans.


My research project  “The mass politics of disintegration” (DISINTEGRATION), funded with an ERC consolidator grant, has started on 1 May 2019.


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