Professors 2021

Klarita Gërxhani – Professor of  Sociology

Klarita Gërxhani is Professor and Chair in Sociology at the Department of Political and Social Sciences. She received her M. Phil and Ph.D. in Economics at the Tinbergen Institute and the Faculty of Economics and Business at the University of Amsterdam. She continued her academic career as a post-doctoral researcher in Economic Sociology at the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies and the Amsterdam School for Social science Research at the University of Amsterdam. Professor Gërxhani has been co-director of the programme group ‘Institutions, Inequalities and Life Courses’ at the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research, and Chair of Board of Examiners of the B.A. and M.A. in Sociology at the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, University of Amsterdam.

Research interests: (Micro)-Economic Sociology, Institutional theory, Social Norms, Labor Market and Organizations, Social Status and Gender Inequalities, Social Capital, Informal Economies and Tax Evasion, Field Surveys and (Laboratory) Experiments.

Juho HärkönenProfessor of  Sociology

Juho Härkönen joined the EUI in February 2018, while on leave from Stockholm University. He took his Ph.D. from the EUI in 2007, and was postdoc at Yale before moving to Stockholm in 2009. He was visiting professor at the University of Turku (2010-18). At the EUI, he is co-director of the Comparative Life Course and Inequality Research Centre, and of Florence Population Studies.

Research interests: Life course research, social stratification, family demography, health, comparative research.


Elias Dinas  – Chair in Federalism, Democracy and International Governance

Elias Dinas holds the Swiss Chair in Federalism, Democracy and International Governance (joint SPS/RSC chair) – while on leave from the University of Oxford, where he is Associate Professor in Comparative Politics and a Tutorial Fellow at Brasenose College. Elias holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the European University Institute (2010) and his research interests include the dynamics of political socialization, the downstream effects of institutional interventions and the legacy of authoritarian rule on the ideological predispositions of citizens in new democracies. He has also a keen interest in research methodology. His work has been published, among others, in the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, and Political Analysis and mentioned in The Economist, the Atlantic and the New York Times

Research interests: political socialization and comparative political behaviour; the long-term imprint of history and state policies on the formation of political identities; attitudes towards outgroups and xenophobia; political methodology.

Ellen M. ImmergutChair in Political Sciences

Ellen M. Immergut joined the EUI as Chair in Political Science in September 2017. She is on leave from her position as Chair in Comparative Politics at Humboldt Universität Berlin and has previously held professorships at the University of Konstanz and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She received her BA, MA and PhD degrees from Harvard University. She is currently Scientific Programme Coordinator for the transnational research programme Welfare State Futures (WSF), launched by the New Opportunities for Research Funding Agency Co-operation in Europe (NORFACE). The WSF programme features a Europe-wide network of researchers gathered around fifteen large projects comprising 60 principal investigators and more than 200 researchers designed to ask, and answer, fundamental questions about the design, delivery and experience of welfare in the 21st century from a variety of perspectives and disciplines. She delivered the State of the Union address at the 2018 State of the Union Conference on “Solidarity in Europe”.

Research interests: The impact of electoral and political competition on welfare state reforms; policy responsiveness and policy feedback effects; health politics in Europe; and the consequences of right-wing populism for social policies. She has published on Health PoliticsPension Politics, and more generally on welfare state reform, and institutionalist theory.

Philipp GenschelChair in Comparative and European Public Policy

 Philipp Genschel holds a joint chair in European Public Policy at the Department of Social and Political Science and at the Schumann Centre. He is on leave from Jacobs University Bremen and the University of Bremen in Germany. Before joining the EUI, he was the deputy director of the Collaborative Research Center on ‘Transformation of the State’ in Bremen and a research fellow of the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne. He has taught at the University of Chicago, the Technische Universität Munchen and Harvard University. His recent publications include Beyond the regulatory polity? The European integration of core state powers, Oxford University Press 2014 (co-edited with Markus Jachtenfuchs) and International Organizations as Orchestrators, Cambridge University Press 2015 (co-edited with Kenneth W. Abbott, Duncan Snidal & Bernhard Zangl). His current research focuses on three main topics: the international political economy of taxation (tax competition, tax coordination, and the transformation of tax states around the world), the European integration of core state powers (fiscal policy,public administration, defence and police) and the logic of indirect governance in domestic and international politics (delegation, orchestration, co-optation and trusteeships).

Research interests : International Political Economy, European Integration, International Organizations and global governance, Institutional Theory, the state, taxation, welfare, defence.