I am full professor for international relations and political economy at the Department of Political Science (IPZ) 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.
My research concentrates on the fields of international and comparative political economy, with a particular focus on distributional conflicts, political preferences and economic policy outcomes related to globalization, European integration, and financial crises. Current projects examine the mass politics of disintegration, Brexit, and the backlash against globalization.
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, and Oxford University Press.
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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: 7 January 2021
Foto by Pascal Halder
Prof. Dr. Stefanie Walter
Institute for Political Science
University of Zurich
+41 44 634 5832
walter -at- ipz.uzh.ch
Our book on "The Politics of Bad Options. Why the Eurozone Crisis has been so hard to resolve" (with Nils Redeker and Ari Ray) is out now 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. Data and replication material are available here.
My review article on "The Backlash against Globalization" will appear in the 2021 Annual Review of Political Science.
The paper "Politicizing International Cooperation. The Mass Public, Political Entrepreneurs, and Political Opportunity Structures" by Catherine de Vries, Sara Hobolt and myself will be published in the 75th anniversary issue of International Organization.
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):