Silja Häusermann is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Zurich in Switzerland (starting September 1st 2012), where she teaches classes on Swiss politics, comparative political economy, comparative politics and welfare state research.
She has been a junior professor in political science at the University of Konstanz between 2011 and 2012, where she was part of both the Department of Politics and Administration and of the Konstanz Excellence Cluster on the Cultural Foundations of Integration.
Her research interests are in comparative politics and comparative political economy. More specifically, her current work deals with electoral and party system change and their impact on distributive policies in advanced post-industrial democracies, with the dualization of welfare states and labor markets, with with changing conflict dimensions in welfare state policy-making and with public opinion in social policy reforms.
She wrote her Ph.D. on the adaptation of continental welfare states (notably pension policies) to post-industrial risk structures (assessed by Prof. Hanspeter Kriesi and Prof. Herbert Kitschelt) at the University of Zurich in Switzerland. The Ph.D. thesis was awarded the ECPR Jean Blondel Prize, as well as the Ernst B. Haas Prize by the European Politics and Society section of the APSA. Her Ph.D. research has also been awarded with the Junior Scientist Award by the Swiss Political Science Association and the Young Researcher Prize by the Journal of European Social Policy and the European Social Policy Analysis Network ESPANET.
The revised dissertation "The Politics of Welfare Reform in Continental Europe. Modernization in Hard Times" has been published as a book with Cambridge University Press in April 2010.
Between 2007 and 2011, Silja Häusermann was a senior researcher and reader (Oberassistentin) in comparative politics at the University of Zurich. From 2008 to 2009, Silja Häusermann was a Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, where she worked mainly with Prof. Peter Mair and Prof. Adrienne Héritier. In 2006, Silja Häusermann spent half a year of doctoral research at Harvard University, Cambridge (USA), as a visiting fellow to the Government Department. At Harvard, her advisor was Prof. Peter A. Hall.
Silja Häusermann has published on comparative welfare state analysis, public opinion and welfare states, and Europeanization of national politics in journals such as the European Journal of Political Research, the British Journal of Political Science, Socio-Economic Review, European Societies, the Journal of European Social Policy and the Journal of European Public Policy.
Prof. Dr. Silja Häusermann
University of Zurich