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


Current Teaching  (Spring 2017)


I am on sabbatical during the spring term 2017.





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

- Tobias Rommel


Current Post-Docs

- Dr. Irene Menendez Gonzalez

- Dr. Raphael Reinke


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."




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 are organizing a workshop on the "Challenges to the Contemporary World Order" in Filzbach, Switzerland on 6-8 October 2017. More details here.


Paper on how foreign policymakers can influence domestic voting behavior in foreign policy referendums accepted for publication in International Organization: Non-cooperation by popular vote: Expectations, foreign intervention, and the vote in the 2015 Greek bailout referendum (with Elias Dinas, Ignacio Jurado, and Nikitas Konstantinidis).


New article  in Comparative Political Studies with Tobias Rommel on how offshoring affects voting behavior for established and populist parties: "The Electoral Consequences of Offshoring"


New article in the Annual Review of Political Science with Jeffry Frieden on what caused the euro crisis and how distributive conflicts both between and within countries make its resolution so difficult: "Understanding the Political Economy of the Eurozone Crisis."


New article in the Review of International Political Economy with Erica Owen on "Open Economy Politics and Brexit: Insights, Puzzles, and Ways Forward"


New paper on who globalization losers and winners are, how they feel, and what they want published in PSRM: "Globalization and the Demand-Side of Politics: How Globalization Shapes Labor Market Risk Perceptions and Policy Preferences"


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