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Alex Reisenbichler

Assistant Professor

Alexander Reisenbichler is Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and Research Coordinator of the Joint Initiative of German and European Studies (JIGES) at the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy. During the 2021–2022 academic year, he will be John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellow at the Center for European Studies at Harvard University. 

His work explores the politics of housing, financial, and labor markets in advanced economies, with regional specializations in Western Europe and the United States. His book project investigates how public policies shape the political economies of homeownership in the United States and Germany from a comparative, historical perspective. For this research, he has received support from the Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy, the Free University Berlin’s Program for Advanced German and European Studies, and the Johns Hopkins University’s American Institute for Contemporary German Studies. Parts of this project have also been recognized by the American Political Science Association’s European Politics & Society section (Best Paper Award in 2017).

His work has appeared in Comparative Politics, Politics & Society, the Review of International Political EconomySocio-Economic ReviewWest European PoliticsForeign Affairs, and in several other outlets.

Ph.D. and M.A. George Washington University
B.A. University of Leipzig


Political economy; European politics; social policy