Alexander Reisenbichler

Alexander Reisenbichler
Monday, January 7, 2019 - 9:14am

POSITION: Assistant Professor, Tenure Stream

ACADEMIC UNIT: Political Science

PLACE OF BIRTH: Wolfen, Germany


“I started working on housing capitalism because of the 2008 financial crisis.”

“The academic and intellectual community here is terrific,” says Alexander Reisenbichler, a new political science faculty member. “We have a large department with great colleagues and resources for doing research, and it’s rewarding to engage with and teach smart students.”

Reisenbichler grew up in Leipzig, Germany, where he attended the University of Leipzig. An exchange program with the University of Miami piqued his interest in studying in the United States, where he earned his MA and PhD at George Washington University. In 2017, he accepted a position at UTM, but also teaches graduate students on the St. George campus and serves as research coordinator for the Joint Initiative of German & European Studies (JIGES) at the Munk School of Global Affairs.

“I enjoy the different tasks and it’s great to be part of multiple communities,” Reisenbichler says.

His research focuses on political economy, particularly on the German economy and what makes it tick; financial markets and how they are regulated; and the politics of housing capitalism.

“I started working on housing capitalism because of the 2008 financial crisis, which originated in the U.S. housing market,” he says. “I discovered there wasn’t much research on the topic, which was surprising because housing is such a large segment of the economy with lots of government intervention.

“Housing finance markets are an essential part of what generates economic growth, and they have become more important to people who want to acquire private social insurance through home ownership in times of rolling back the welfare state. So policy-makers really care about this.”

Reisenbichler is currently conducting a historical comparison of the housing finance markets and policies in the United States and Germany. He is hoping to publish his completed manuscript as a book.

“The book will finish that particular strand of research,” he says. “Meanwhile, I am laying a foundation for examining the broader linkages between credit markets and the welfare state. When the welfare state stagnates, people often use credit to get services the government doesn’t provide. I want to examine the politics driving these developments.”

Selected Publications:

1.     Alexander Reisenbichler. “A Rocky Path to Homeownership: Why Germany Eliminated Large Scale Subsidies for Homeowners.” Cityscape, vol. 18 no. 3 (2016)

2.     Alexander Reisenbichler. “The Domestic Sources and Power Dynamics of Regulatory Networks: Evidence from the Financial Stability Forum.” Review of International Political Economy, vol. 22 no. 5 (2015).

3.     Alexander Reisenbichler and Kimberly J. Morgan. “From Sick Man to Miracle: Explaining the Robustness of the German Labor Market During and After the Financial Crisis 2008-09.” Politics & Society, vol. 40 no. 4 (2012).

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