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


Karen Shire is Professor of Comparative Sociology and Japanese Society at the University of Duisburg-Essen, where she is also a member of the Institute of East Asian Studies, and Director of the Essen College for Gender Research. In the winter semester 2021/2022, she is the MPIfG Scholar in Residence. Her research engages in national, transnational, and inter-regional comparisons of employment changes and their impact on social inequalities in the global economy. Her recent research examines the emergence of cross-border labor markets in Europe and the Asia Pacific, the origins and transformation of gender regimes in conservative welfare states, and the political economy of informal and forced labor. During her stay at the MPIfG she will be offering a series of three lectures (see below). Karen Shire's publications


"Regulating Transnational Labor" − Scholar in Residence Lectures 2021/2022

In her lecture series "Regulating Transnational Labor," Karen Shire will assess the possibilities and challenges for regulating cross-border labor mobility in the global economy. Migration scholars often advocate for free mobility, while labor scholars focus on how cross-border labor is used to evade and undermine hard-won labor protections. Her three lectures seek to gain leverage on the contradictions between liberalizing labor mobility and regulating employment. The focus is on the theorization of the regulatory challenges posed by cross-border labor mobility, and assessments of regulatory practices emerging at a transnational scale. more information


Past Scholars in Residence


Armin Schäfer, Professor of Political Science, University of Münster

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


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