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 Researchers at the MPI for the Study of Societies

Professor Kathleen Thelen

Professor Kathleen Thelen
External Scientific Member
Phone: +1-617-324-3651

Homepage at Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Research Interests

comparative politics; historical institutionalism and institutional theory; political economy of the advanced democracies; labor politics

Selected Publications

Advances in Comparative-Historical Analysis (ed. with J. Mahoney). Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press, 2015.  
Beyond Continuity. Institutional Change in Advanced Political Economies (ed. with W. Streeck). Oxford: Oxford Univ. Press, 2005  
How Institutions Evolve. The Political Economy of Skills in Germany, Britain, the United States, and Japan. Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press, 2004  
Institutional Change in Varieties of Capitalism (with P.A. Hall). Socio-Economic Review 7, 1, 7-34 (2009)  
Contemporary Challenges to the German Vocational Training System. Regulation and Governance 1, 3, 247-260 (2007)  
Institutionen und Sozialer Wandel. Die Entwicklung der beruflichen Bildung in Deutschland. In: Transformationen des Kapitalismus. (Hg.) J. Beckert et al. Frankfurt a.M.: Campus, 2006, 399-423  
Coordination as a Political Problem in Coordinated Market Economies (with I. Kume). Governance 19, 1, 11-42 (2006). Japanese version in Revaiasan ("Leviathan"), 2005
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2017-2018 President of the American Political Science Association (APSA)
since 2009 Ford Professor of Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge
2004-2009 Payson S. Wild Professor of Political Science at Northwestern University, Evanston
since 2005 External Scientific Member, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Cologne
2000-2002 Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Political Science, Northwestern University
1988-1994 Assistant Professor, Department of Politics, Princeton University
1987-1988 Assistant Professor, Department of Government, Oberlin College
1981, 1987 MA and PhD in Political Science, University of California, Berkeley
1979 BA in Political Science, University of Kansas


Professional Activities (Selected)

President, Society for the Advancement of Socioeconomics (SASE), 2008-2009  
Senior Research Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford University, since 2007  
Assistant General Editor, Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics, Cambridge University Press  
Member, Advisory Board, Institute for Advanced Study, Berlin, since 2008  
Member, Board of Trustees, Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung, since 2008  
Member, Advisory Committee, Transatlantic Academy (an initiative of the German Marshall Fund, the ZEIT-Stiftung, the Robert Bosch Stiftung and the Bradley Foundation), Washington/DC, since 2008

Awards and Honors (Selected)

2005: Mattei Dogan Award for best book published in the field of comparative research in 2004/2005, for "How Institutions Evolve" (Cambridge U.P., 2004)  
2005: Co-winner of the Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award of the American Political Science Association for the best book published in 2004 on government, politics, or international affairs, for "How Institutions Evolve" (Cambridge U.P., 2004)  
2003: Max Planck Research Award for Humanities and Social Sciences

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