ZEITZ, Alexandra Olivia


Max Weber Fellow 2019-2020

Email: [email protected]
Tel: (+39)-055-4685-692 (ext: 2692)
Office: BF 235

European University Institute
Max Weber Programme
Via dei Roccettini, 9
50014 San Domenico di Fiesole

Departmental affiliation: Political and Social Sciences
Mentor: Dorothee Bohle
Thematic Group: Europe in the World


Alexandra Zeitz is a political scientist specializing in international political economy, focusing particularly on developing countries’ position within the international financial system. From August 2020, she will join the Department of Political Science at Concordia University as an Assistant Professor.

Alexandra’s research examines how African countries’ access to new sources of external finance affects negotiations with traditional donors and creditors; she draws on data on the terms of aid and development finance and fieldwork in Ethiopia, Ghana, and Kenya. In addition, she has published on the politics of financial regulation and cross-border banking in developing countries and is conducting research on the global relationship between migration and financial integration. Her research has appeared in International Studies Quarterly, the Review of International Organisations, and the Journal of Financial Regulation. 

During the Max Weber Fellowship, Alexandra will work on her book manuscript exploring the implications of a diversified financing landscape for developing countries’ negotiations with donors and creditors. Moreover, she will extend her research on the politics of international finance by examining state-supported export finance, investigating the consequences of growing competition between advanced economies and emerging powers in export credits.

Alexandra completed her DPhil (PhD) in International Relations at the University of Oxford in 2019. She holds an MPhil in International Relations from the University of Oxford and a B.A. (Hons) in Politics, Psychology, and Sociology from the University of Cambridge.

Alexandra has taught International Relations, international political economy, and African politics at the undergraduate level and quantitative methods at the graduate level. 


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