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__



Revised version of my working paper on the mass politics of international disintegration is available.


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. DISINTEGRATION examines the consequences of the current popular backlash against international cooperation and specifically focuses on how the other member states of an international institution respond when one member state attempts to unilaterally change the terms of or terminate an existing international agreement on the basis of a strong popular mandate, such as a referendum.

More information


New paper on how to analyze intergovernmental negotiations, especially complex one as those during the Eurozone crisis with Jeffry Frieden Analyzing Inter-State Negotiations in the Eurozone Crisis and Beyond  out in European Union Politics.


Now working paper (with Ignacio Hurado and Sandra Léon) on what the EU-27 public wants in the Brexit negotiations.


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


New working paper with Nils Redeker on the politics of Germany's non-adjustment in the euro crisis.



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