Political Economy and Welfare Board Nominations and Elections

CES is conducting elections to replace an outgoing co-chair of the Political Economy and Welfare Research Network. We sincerely thank Julia Moses for her service. Please click here to vote between September 23rd and October 21st.


Dr. Natascha A.J. van der Zwan (website)

Natascha van der Zwan is an Assistant Professor of Public Administration at Leiden University, the Netherlands. Her research engages key issues in welfare state development and political economy, especially the role of organized interests and experts in policy-making, the financial politics of the welfare state, and historical trajectories of capitalist regimes. She does comparative and historical research on financialization and pension systems, investment rules and regulations, and pension fund capitalism, with an area focus on the United States and Europe. She also regularly writes about financialization studies as an area of research within Comparative Political Economy, including a recent contribution to the discussion forum on New Approaches to Political Economy (Socio-Economic Review, 2019). Other publications include the 2014 article “Making Sense of Financialization,” which has become a key article in scholarship on financialization, and various analyses of the comparative and historical dimensions of welfare state financialization. Natascha is co-editor (with Philip Mader and Daniel Mertens) of the forthcoming Routledge International Handbook of Financialization and member of the editorial board for the interdisciplinary journal Competition & Change. She obtained a Ph.D. in Political Science from the New School for Social Research in 2012. Prior to joining Leiden University, she worked at Wake Forest University and the University of Amsterdam.

Dr. Grace Ballor (website)

Grace Ballor is a historian of capitalism, focusing on two concurrent and radically transformative processes that reshaped the world in the twentieth century: European integration and economic globalization. Since earning her PhD in History from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2018, she has held a joint position as Max Weber Fellow in History and Civilization at the European University Institute and Research Fellow in International History at the Graduate Institute, Geneva. She has written widely on the influence of multinational corporations and business associations, European integration, and trans-Atlantic economic relations in the postwar period and has taught extensively at the undergraduate and graduate levels – both in the United States and Europe – on subjects including European history, neoliberalism and globalization, business history, historical pedagogy, and the origins of the European Union. Her research has been supported by the the European Union Studies Association, Business History Conference, the Fondation Jean Monnet pour l’Europe, the Center for Economic History, the International Studies Institute, and several research centers across the University of California.  

Dr. Johannes Kiess (website)

Johannes Kiess is a Research Assistant in sociology at the University of Siegen. He studied political science, sociology and philosophy at the University of Leipzig from 2005 to 2011 (Magister Artium). He spent a semester abroad at Ben Gurion University of Negev (BeerScheba, Israel). This was followed by positions at the Independent Department of Medical Sociology and Medical Psychology (with Prof. Dr. Elmar Brähler and PD Dr. Oliver Decker) and at the Institute of Sociology (with Prof. Dr. Georg Vobruba) at the University of Leipzig. At the beginning of 2014, he moved to the Institute of Sociology at the University of Siegen (to Prof. Dr. Christian Lahusen). There he worked as a research assistant in the EU project LIVEWHAT and since February 2017 in the projects TransSOL, EURYKA and "Gig economy and social partnership" (for more information on research and publications see homepage). He was visiting researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Social Research, Cologne (September 2016) and Georgetown University, Washington D.C. (December 2016 - January 2017). His research interests include right-wing extremism research, European sociology, industrial relations and framing approaches. In his dissertation project he examined the crisis interpretations and crisis communication of the German social partners between 2007 and 2015. Work and rigorosum were passed in July 2018 at the University of Siegen (summa cum laude).


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