Alexander Reisenbichler

Alexander Reisenbichler



Major — Comparative Politics

Minor — Methods

I am a Ph.D. candidate, with a focus on the political economy of advanced industrialized states. My dissertation analyzes differences in housing finance policies in the U.S. and Germany.

During the 2014-15 academic year, I am a fellow at the Johns Hopkins University's American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS) and the Free University Berlin's Program for Advanced German and European Studies.  To support my dissertation research, I received a research grant and the Robert K. Merton Award from the Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy. I have also been a visiting researcher at the Max-Planck-Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne, and the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin. Prior to GWU, I worked as a research associate with a political foundation at the United Nations in New York.

Curriculum Vitae


Current Research

Political economy of advanced economies; housing and financial markets; European politics.


BA University of Leipzig, Germany


Academic Articles

Alexander Reisenbichler and Kimberly J. Morgan,  “From 'Sick Man' to 'Miracle': Explaining the Robustness of the German Labor Market During and After the Financial Crisis 2008-09.” Politics & Society vol. 40 no. 4 (December 2012). [download]

Alexander Reisenbichler, "The Domestic Sources and Power Dynamics of Regulatory Networks: Evidence from the Financial Stability Forum." Review of International Political Economy (2015). [link]

Shorter Articles

Alexander Reisenbichler and Kimberly J. Morgan. “How Germany Won the Euro Crisis: And Why Its Gains Could Be Fleeting.” Foreign Affairs. Web. June 2013. [link]

Alexander Reisenbichler. "Safe as Houses: Comparing Housing Finance Policies in the U.S. and Germany." Transatlantic Perspectives, Johns Hopkins University, American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS). Web. September 2014. [link]

Alexander Reisenbichler. Review of "The Political Construction of Business Interests: Coordination, Growth, and Equality" (Cambridge University Press, 2012) by Cathie Jo Martin and Duane Swank, in: Perspectives on Politics vol. 12 no. 4 (December 2014). [link]

Alexander Reisenbichler and Kimberly J. Morgan, "The German Labor Market: No Longer the Sick Man of Europe," in: Brigitte Unger (ed.), The German Model: Seen By Its Neighbors (London: Social Europe Publishing, 2015). [download book here]