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”.