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I am currently a Professor of International Relations in the Department of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. Before moving to Geneva, I was an Associate Professor in International Political Economy at the London School of Economics & Political Science, UK, and an Assistant Professor in Political Science at the University College Dublin, Ireland. I also was a postdoc at Princeton University and New York University, USA. I got a Ph.D. from ETH Zürich, Switzerland, and completed the Ph.D. Program for Doctoral Students in Economics at the Study Center of the Swiss National Bank in Gerzensee.

Research interests

My research is in the area of Comparative and International Political Economy. It examines the effect of globalization on democratic politics, for instance how openness constrains the ability of governments to respond to voters. Relatedly, I examine the political consequences of fiscal and monetary policies in open economies, for instance how economically vulnerable voters react to fiscal austerity. Results from this research has been published or is forthcoming in journals like the American Journal of Political Science, the British Journal of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, International Organization, and the Journal of Politics.


I teach courses on International Politics and Political Economy on the Bachelor, Master and Ph.D. level in English and French. For instance, I have taught Introduction to International Relations with up to 400 students in the Bachelor programs of the University College Dublin and the University of Geneva. I have also taught generic courses on International Political Economy at various levels at the London School of Economics and the University of Geneva.  Other courses include more specialized seminars in International Relations and Political Economy, such as a new Master's level course on  The Political Economy of Populism.


Thomas Sattler
Professor of International Relations