I am Professor of German Politics at the Department of Politics and Public Administration at the University of Konstanz. My background is in comparative politics and my main research areas are comparative federalism, party politics and migration. A common question connecting most of my research projects is how diverse cultural, ethnic, and national identities affect the functioning of democracy. Current projects investigate nationalist and ethnic mobilisation in contemporary and historical European democracies and instances of electoral competition in which parties do not only promise policy, but also appeal to voters’ social identities. My recent book  (Ideational Legacies, OUP 2022)  contributes a novel theory of ideational policy stabilisation to the debate about the causal power of ideas in comparative public policy. In the empirics, I trace how historical legacies of industrialisation continue to impact the contemporary politics of migration in Catalonia and South Tyrol thanks to ideational stability, and despite radical changes in the underlying incentive structure. I studied Political Science, Slavic Languages and Philosophy at the University of Cologne, where I also received my doctorate. Before joining the University of Konstanz, I held positions at Pompeu Fabra University, and the Universities of Bremen and Zurich.


Contact Information

Prof. Dr. Christina Isabel Zuber
Department of Politics and Public Administration

Universität Konstanz, Box 89
Universitätsstrasse 10
78457 Konstanz, Germany

Email: mail@christinazuber.com