Alexander Reisenbichler

Alexander Reisenbichler


Major — Comparative Politics

Minor — Methods

Alexander Reisenbichler is a Ph.D. candidate in political science at the George Washington University, with a research focus on the political economy of housing, financial, and labor markets in advanced economies. His dissertation investigates why there is generous government support for homeowners in some advanced industrial countries but not in others. To address this question, he traces the most important homeownership finance policies in the U.S. and Germany from a comparative historical perspective. For this research, he has received fellowship awards and research grants from the Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy, the Free University Berlin's Program for Advanced German and European Studies, and the Johns Hopkins University's American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS). Alex has 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.

Beyond the dissertation, his research has explored aspects of the German and American political economies, the euro crisis, as well as the international financial system. His work has appeared in Politics & Society, the Review of International Political EconomyForeign Affairs, and in several policy outlets.


Current Research

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


MA George Washington University
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]

            * Coverage in the Washington Post

Alexander Reisenbichler, "The Domestic Sources and Power Dynamics of Regulatory Networks: Evidence from the Financial Stability Forum." Review of International Political Economy vol. 22 no. 5 (2015).  [link] [download]

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]

Alexander Reisenbichler. “A Rocky Path to Homeownership: Why Germany Eliminated Large-Scale Subsidies for Homeowners.” Cityscape vol. 18 no. 2 (forthcoming, 2016).