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Faculty Areas of Supervision

Prospective applicants should look closely at the research interests specified by the professors in their personal web pages. These will provide the clearest idea of the kinds of research topics that are supervised at the EUI. It should not be assumed that the interests listed are the only topics those professors will supervise, but they should serve as a useful guide. Specific research interests of the professors who are available to supervise new researchers are set out below.

In the application form you are encouraged to list the names of potential supervisors for your research. Faculty members will then become aware that you consider them as potential supervisors. However, you should not contact them and ask them for advice, as this could undermine the competitiveness and fairness of our selection procedure.  

The names of the new professors recruited for the Chair in Political and Social Change (Central and Eastern Europe) and Sociology (Inequality and Social Mobility) will be announced on this page.

Fabrizio Bernardi, Professor of Sociology. Research themes: Inequality in Educational Opportunities, Social Mobility, Educational Returns, Family and Labour Market Dynamics and inequality, Research Design and Methodology (quantitative).

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Dorothee Bohle, Professor of Political Sciences. Research Themes: Comparative Political Economy (varieties of capitalism, institutional political economy, welfare states, industrial relations, housing (finance) regimes); International Political Economy (European integration, financialization); Central Eastern European economy and politics.


Jeffrey T. Checkel, Chair in International Politics. Research Themes: International relations theory (domestic-international linkages, international institutions, constructivism, governance), conflict studies (civil war), European integration (Europeanization, identity) and qualitative methods (process tracing, bridging positivist-interpretive techniques). 

Elias Dinas

Elias Dinas, Swiss Chair in Federalism, Democracy and International Governance (Joint SPS/RSCAS chair). Research Themes: Dynamics of political socialization, the downstream effects of institutional interventions and the legacy of authoritarian rule on the ideological predispositions of citizens in new democracies.

Philipp Genschel, Professor of Comparative and European Public Policy (Joint SPS/RSCAS chair). Research themes: International Political Economy, European Integration, International Organizations and global governance, Institutional Theory, the state, taxation, welfare, defense.

Klarita Gerxhani

Klarita Gërxhani, Professor of Sociology. Research themes: (Micro)-Economic Sociology, Institutional theory, Social Norms, Labor Market and Organizations, Social Status and Gender Inequalities, Social Capital, Informal Economies and Tax Evasion, Field Surveys and (Laboratory) Experiments.



Miriam Golden

Miriam A. Golden, Peter Mair Chair in Comparative Politics. Research themes: Corruption and clientelism, distributive politics, and political parties, incumbency and reelection, politics of energy and water.

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Juho Härkönen, Professor of Sociology. Research themes: Social inequality, life course research, family demography, labour market and occupational careers, health disparities, comparative research.

Anton Hemerijck

Anton Hemerijck, Professor of Political Sciences. Research themes: Welfare reform across Europe, including the impact of EU social, employment and economic policy coordination, from the perspective of the comparative politics of public policy, social investment, actor-centered institutionalism and mixed-method process tracing.

Simon Hix


Simon Hix, Stein Rokkan Chair in Comparative Politics. Research Themes: Political behaviour (parties, elections, voting), political institutions (electoral systems, constitutional design, legislative politics), EU politics (public opinion, European elections, European Parliament), historical political science (early democratic elections, electoral reform, constitutional design etc.), experimental methods in political science.



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Stephanie Hofmann, Joint SPS/RSC Chair in International Relations. Research Themes: International Relations theory, international organizations (regime complexity, domestic politics, political parties, collective memories), international and regional security (transatlantic relations, European security institutions, UN), and global ordering (norms, ideologies, strategies).



Ellen Immergut

Ellen Immergut, Professor of Political Science. Research Interests:  Comparative Politics and Public Policy; Health Politics (including Party Competition and Public Opinion); Welfare State Recalibration; Political Institutions & Institutional Theory; Policy Responsiveness and Policy Feedback effects.

Arnout Van de Rijt

Arnout Van De Rijt, Professor in Sociology. Research Themes: Computational social science, social influence, social networks, self-emergent inequalities, and collective action.


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