Kristin Fabbe is a full-time professor at the EUI, holding a Chair in Business and Comparative Politics at the Florence School of Transnational Governance. Professor Fabbe formerly served as Jakurski Family Associate Professor in the Business, Government, and International Economy Unit at Harvard Business School. At Harvard, she taught "Globalization and Emerging Markets", and "Business, Government and the International Economy" in the MBA curriculum. She has also taught in several executive education programmes. Prior to Harvard, she was a professor in the Government Department at Claremont McKenna College, where she taught on Middle East Politics.
Her primary expertise lies in comparative politics, with a deep regional focus on the Middle East and southeastern Europe, and a particular emphasis on Turkey. In her research portfolio, Professor Fabbe explores the intricate relationship between state-driven development strategies and identity politics as well as the determinants of social cohesion and societal ruptures.
In her first book, “Disciples of the State: Religion and State-Building in the Former Ottoman World” (Cambridge University Press, 2019), she examined the role of religious elites, institutions, and attachments in state-building and modernization initiatives in Greece, Turkey, and Egypt. She is currently researching social cohesion and crises, particularly economic shocks, severe austerity measures, and large demographic changes.
She also works on issues of migration management and the geopolitics of human mobility. She regularly consults for national governments, the private sector and international organisations on these issues.