Current Teaching (Spring 2020)
I will be on sabbatical during the 2020/21 academic year.
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.
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.
Current Doctoral Students
- Dr. Loriana Crasnic
- Dr. Valentin Lang
Former 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 (UZH)
"Foreign Direct Investment and the Politics of Autocratic Survival"
Nils Redeker, graduated 2019 (UZH)
"The Politics of Too Much: Essays on the Emergence and Persistence of Current Account Surpluses"
Tabea Palmtag, graduated 2020 (UZH)
"The Political Economy of Protest. How the Uneven Distribution of Development and Globalization Gains affects Welfare and Protest"
Ari Ray, graduated 2020 (UZH)
"The Political Economy of Macroeconomic Adjustment in teh Eurozone Periphery"
Former post-docs in my group:
Prof. Dr. Stefanie Walter
Institute for Political Science
University of Zurich
+41 44 634 5832
walter -at- ipz.uzh.ch
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 book on "The Politics of Bad Options. Why the Eurozone Crisis has been so hard to resolve" (with Nils Redeker and Ari Ray) will be published in September 2020 by 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. All data will be made available upon publication.
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):