Prof. Dr. Christian Martin

Zwei Studenten und eine Tasse Kaffee

Professor for Political Science

Westring 400, R.04.21
Phone: +49 431 880-1586
Fax: +49 431 880-2483


Office Assistant Prof. Dr. Martin

Westring 400, R.04.27
Phone: +49 431 880-3576
Fax: +49 431 880-2483

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Research Areas and Interests
  • Comparative Politics
  • Globalization and Interdependence
  • Biological foundations of political behaviour


10/02: Doctoral Degree (summa cum laude), University of Konstanz, Germany.
Dissertation title: “Double Transformation: Democracy and Foreign Economic Liberalization in Developing Countries”.

03/00: Diploma in Politics and Management (with distinction), University of Konstanz.
Diploma thesis: “Institutions, Institutional Quality and Decisions of Allocation”.

10/94 – 03/00: Undergraduate and graduate studies at the Department of Politics and Management (University of Konstanz),
with special focus on international relations.

10/92 – 10/94: Undergraduate studies in literature and the arts, University of Konstanz.

Selected Publications

2012: “Economic Integration, Party Polarisation and Electoral Turnout”, West European Politics, 35(2), 238-65. (With Nils Steiner)

2010: “Interdependence and political ideology: The conditional diffusion of cigarette taxation in the US states”, World Political Science Review, 6(1), 11.

2009: “Interdependenz und ideologische Position: Die konditionale Diffusion der Zigarettenbesteuerung in den US-amerikanischen Bundesstaaten 1971-2006“ ("Interdependence and ideological position: The conditional diffusion of cigarette taxation in the US states 1971-2006"), Politische Vierteljahresschrift, 50(2), 253-277.

2008: “Shocks and Endogenous Institutions: An Agent-based Model of Labor Market Performance in Turbulent Times“, Computational Economics, 33(1), 31-46. (With Michael Neugart)

2008: “Multi-Party Competition. A Computational Model with Abstention and Memory“, Electoral Studies, 27(3), 424-441. (With Thomas Plümper)

Selected Professional Experience

since 06/2011: Chair, Comparative Politics, Department of Political Science, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Germany

09/08 – 05/11: Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science and De-partment of German, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, USA.

12/04 – 05/11: Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science and Centre for Globalisation and Governance University of Hamburg, Germany

03/04 – 11/04: Post-Doctoral Researcher, Max Planck Institute of Economics, “Entre-preneurship, Growth, and Public Policy”-Group, Jena, Germany.

06/04 – 10/04: Visiting Scholar, Department of Political Science, University of Canter-bury, Christchurch, New Zealand.

04/02 – 02/04: Post-Doctoral Researcher, Department of Politics and Management, University of Konstanz, Germany. Research project “The Political Economy of Competing Regional Integration”.

Franca Bülow, MA


Junior Researcher and Lecturer/PhD Candidate

Westring 400, R.04.40 
Phone: +49 431 880-2626
Fax: +49 431 880-2483


Research Areas and Interests

  • Environmental and Climate Policy-Making
  • Participation, Behavioral Theory, Public Choice
  • Governance Systems, Institutional Design


2009 - 2012 RWTH Aachen: Bachelor of Arts, Political Sciences & English Studies

2012 - 2014 Trier University: Master of Arts, Political Sciences & English Literature

2013 - 2013 Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan: Japanese Literature & Japanese 

Selected Professional Experience

2010 - 2012 RWTH Aachen: Language Assistant, DaF/DSH courses

2012 - 2014 Leuphana University, Lüneburg: Institute of Environmental and Sustainability Communication, Department of Governance and Sustainability; Projects: ECOPAG & GoSCALE with Prof. Dr. Jens Newig

2012 - 2014 Trier University, Department of Political Theory: DFG-Project The Concept of Sovereignty in the Transnational Constellation. A Reconfiguration of the Foundations of Political Normativity with Jun.-Prof. Dr. Christian Volk

2013 - 2013 TAURUS ECO Consulting GmbH, Trier

2014 - 2014 Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIC), Research Domain: Climate Impacts & Vulnerabilities, Master Thesis: Implementing the CAP in the East Midlands: Does England's Policy Architecture provide for Agricultural Adaptation and Resilient Farming? Supervised by Dr. Anne Biewald




Victor D. Cruz Aceves, MA

Cruz Aceves

PhD Candidate

Westring 400, R.04.24 
Phone: +49 431 880-2364
Fax: +49 431 880-2483

Office hours WiSe 2017: send request per email



Dissertation Project:

The Diffusion of Morality Policy

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Christian Martin (New York University

This dissertation will fill a gap in comparative state public policy research in general, “morality policy” and “policy diffusion” in particular, in that the diffusion of legislation that differs in the degree to which they may be categorized as “morality policies” will be compared. On the one hand, I will test whether “bounded learning” is (one of) the mechanism(s) behind the diffusion of the legislation under investigation, i.e., the (within and cross-policy) comparison(s) will rest on policy diffusion theory. On the other hand, I will provide empirical evidence on whether diffusion varies as a function of differences in the presence of—theoretical characteristics of—morality politics, controlling for theoretically relevant internal determinants. For this, the politics of three policies that vary in their emphasis on morality will be examined through Event History Analysis (single-, repeated-events and pooled versions thereof), i.e., Same Sex Marriage Bans, Medical Marijuana & (105) Anti-Obesity policies, employing Time-Series Cross-Section data for all 50 states over the time period 1995 – 2011.



Extending Rights to Marginalized Minorities: Same-Sex Relationship Recognitionin Mexico and the United States. State Politics & Policy Quarterly, January 2018. official version pre-print

(with Caroline Beer, Vermont University)

Abstract: With a mixed method and mixed level approach, this paper compares the extension of legal equality to LGBT people in Mexico and the United States with a focus on the legal recognition of same-sex relationships, combining comparative case studies of national and subnational gay rights policy with an ordered probit analysis of the same-sex relationship laws across the states of Mexico and the United States. A national level comparison of gay rights in Mexico and the United States presents a theoretical puzzle: most theories predict that the United States would have more egalitarian policies than Mexico, but in fact, Mexico has provided greater legal equality for LGBT people for a longer time than the United States. A subnational analysis of equal relationship rights in the United States and Mexico provides evidence to support social movement and partisan theories of minority rights. We find that religion plays a different role in Mexico than in the U.S. The different findings at the national and subnational levels suggest the importance of subnational comparative analysis in heterogeneous federal systems.

Research Areas and Interests

  • Morality Policy
  • Policy Diffusion
  • Cross- & Subnational (Mexico & USA) Comparative Politics
  • Quantitative Research methods


2011.                Zeppelin University (Germany): MA Public Management & Governance

2008.                 UAEM (Mexico): BA International Economic Relations

2007.                 Mendelova Univerzita v Brno (Czech Republic)



        Kiel University (CAU). BA seminars:

Winter 2017.       Comparative Politics.

Summer 2017.    Comparative Politics: Subnational Politics of the USA.

Winter 2016.       Comparative Politics: Cross & Sub-national Policy Diffusion.

Summer 2016.    European Union: Morality Policy & Diffusion.

Summer 2013.    International Relations.

Winter 2012.       International Relations.

        Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México (Toluca):

Summer 2013.    Human Rights (Lecture; weekly video-conferences from Kiel, Germany)

2011 - 2012.        Language instructor

Research-related Experience

2015.                   Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars: Washington, D.C., USA.
                            Projects: Economic Consequences of Violence in the Mexican States (Dr. Viridiana Rios, Harvard) & Subnational Juxtaposed Policy Regimes in South America (Prof. Dr. Kent Eaton, University of California)

2013.                   Center for International Policy, Americas Program: Mexico City

2010.                   Center for European Policy Studies: Brussels, Belgium

Proffesional Experience

2013 - 2015.        Graduate & International Centers of the Kiel University (CAU)


Spanish, English, German & French


Stata, R, MS-Office, Plone & Wordpress

Marcel Dirsus, MSc

nior Researcher and PhD Candidate
Westring 400, R.04.40 
e: +49 431 880-2626 
Fax: +4
9 431 880-2483

Research Areas and Interests

  • Political transitions and economic development
  • Political purges
  • Political violence & regime stability


2012 - 2013 St. Antony's College, University of Oxford (UK): MSc Russian and East European Studies

2008 - 2012 University of Warwick (UK): BA Politics and International Studies

2009 - 2010 Sciences Po Paris (France): Visiting Student: Economics and Politics

2012 - 2012 Zhejiang University (China): Visiting Student: Chinese Studies

Selected Publications

Brian Klaas & Marcel Dirsus, 2014, The Tunisia Model, Foreign Affairs

Brian Klaas & Marcel Dirsus, 2014, Bridging the Two Tunisias, Foreign Policy

Selected Professional Experience

2013 - 2014 Heineken International: Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo

2011 - 2011 Roland Berger Strategy Consultants: Berlin, Germany

2011 - 2011 Office of the Deputy Foreign Minister Auswärtiges Amt: Berlin, Germany

2009 - 2009 AIESEC India: Bangalore, India



Annika Kaabel, MSSc

Annika Kaabel
Junior Researcher and PhD Candidate

Research Areas and Interests

  • Labour migration governance
  • Migration and integration policies
  • Refugee and forced migration studies
  • European labour market


2015 - 2016 University of Kiel: DAAD Guest researcher
2014 - 2018 Estonian Business School (Estonia): PhD Management Science

2013 - 2014 European Centre of Minority Issues (Germany): Pre-Proposal Fellow

2011 - 2013 Uppsala University (Sweden): MSSc Politics and International Studies (Specialisation Eurasian Studies)

2010 - 2014 Tallinn University of Technology (Estonia)Public Administration

2006 - 2010 Estonian Business School (Estonia): BA Social Sciences (Business Administration and Languages)

Selected Professional Experience

2014 - 2016 Estonian Business School (Estonia): Junior Researcher and Lecturer 

2014 - 2014 Deutscher Bundestag (Germany): International Parliament Scholar

2012 - 2013 Institute of Ethnic Studies (Lithuania): Research Assistant

2009 – 2011 Estonian Patent Office (Estonia): Senior Specialist






Claudia Härterich, M.A.

HaerterichJunior Researcher and PhD Candidate
Westring 400, R.04.24
e: +49 431 880-2364

Research Areas and Interests

  • Transnational advocacy networks
  • Governance-Initiatives for the international resource sector
  • Development Economics, Political transitions in former Portuguese colonies
  • Quantitative research methods


2011 - 2014 Free University Berlin/Humboldt University Berlin/University of Potsdam (Germany): Joint M.A. Programme International Relations

2012 - 2013 Universidade de Coimbra (Portugal): M.A. International Relations

2007 - 2010 University of Konstanz (Germany): B.A. Politics and Public Administration

Selected Publications

Härterich, C. (2013) 'Petroleo, fronteiras e boomerangs: A disputa timorense-australiana pelo mar de Timor' Oficina do CES 402, Working Paper Centro de Estudos Sociais, Coimbra, Portugal

Selected Professional Experience

2014 - 2014 PowerShift e.V. (Germany)

2013 - 2013 Centro de Estudos Sociais, CES (Portugal): Research Project 'Peacebuilding and sustainable peace: UN missions in Timor-Leste and Portugals contribution'

2010 - 2011 Kulima (Mozambique)

2009 - 2009 DIW, Research Infrastructure 'Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP)' (Germany)

2009 - 2009 German Embassy Kathmandu (Nepal)