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 Economy, Foreign Affairs, and in several policy outlets.
Political economy of advanced economies; housing and financial markets; European politics.
MA George Washington University
BA University of Leipzig, Germany
Alexander Reisenbichler. “A Rocky Path to Homeownership: Why Germany Eliminated Large-Scale Subsidies for Homeowners.” Cityscape vol. 18 no. 2 (forthcoming, 2016).