Scholar in Residence at the MPIfG

Each year the MPIfG invites a distinguished scholar in the field of political science, economics or sociology to spend three to six months at the institute. Scholars in residence are known for their outstanding academic achievements and pursue a particular research project that coincides with the research conducted at the MPIfG.
Nominations and applications


Armin Schäfer will be the MPIfG Scholar in Residence in 2019. Schäfer is Professor of Political Science with a focus on Comparative Politics at the University of Münster. His research interests are located at the intersection of comparative political economy, democracy research, and political theory. Over the last years, he has mainly dealt with the interplay of social and political inequality. During his stay at the MPIfG he will be offering a series of three lectures (see below). Armin Schäfer's publications

"In Defense of Democracy" − Scholar in Residence Lectures 2019

In his lecture series "In Defense of Democracy," Armin Schäfer wants to assess and explain why there is a crisis of democracy. Many observers recommend less democracy as a reaction to the rise of populist parties. However, Armin Schäfer aims to defend democracy and democratic equality and argues that, if democracy does not work the way it is supposed to, one should seek ways to improve it. The lectures will be on November 19, 26, and December 3, at the MPIfG, Paulstr. 3, 50676 Köln. Please register by email to weitere Informationen


Past Scholars in Residence


Akos Rona-Tas, Pofessor at the Department of Sociology at the University of California, San Diego

Tim Bartley, Professor of Sociology at Washington University in St. Louis

Lucio Baccaro, Professor of Sociology at the University of Geneva

Robert Boyer, Economist and Associate Researcher at the Institut des Amériques, Vanves, France

Francesco Boldizzoni, Professor at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Helsinki

Patrick Le Galès, Research Director and Professor, Centre d'études européennes, Sciences Po, Paris

Arndt Sorge, Professor Emeritus and Honorary Professor at the Faculty of Economics and Social Science, University of Potsdam

J. Nicholas Ziegler, Professor Emeritus, Department of Political Science, University of California, Berkeley

Bruno Amable, Professor at the Faculty of History, Economics and Society, University of Geneva

Christoph Deutschmann, Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences, University of Tübingen

David Stark, Arthur Lehman Professor of Sociology and International Affairs at Columbia University, New York

Jack Barbalet, Professor of Sociology, Australian Catholic University, Melbourne


MPIfG - Scholar in Residence | [Last updated 2019-06-11]