Lobby of the Freie Universitaet Berlin.

In North America, DAAD sponsors chairs at:

  • Max Weber Chair for German and European Studies at New York University
  • Hannah Arendt Visiting Chair for German and European Studies at the University of Toronto

Prof. Dr. Christian Martin
Max Weber Chair for German and European Studies at New York University

Christian Martin is a professor of political science and chair of comparative politics at the University of Kiel, Germany. Martin has studied political science at the University of Konstanz and holds a doctorate from there (2002). Martin was a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Konstanz and at the Max-Planck-Institute in Jena (2003-2004). He was an assistant professor at the University of Hamburg (2004-2008) and a Visiting Assistant Professor at Northwestern University (2008-2011).

Research and Teaching Interests

His research and teaching interests focus on the political conditions and consequences of globalization and regional integration. He has published on the effects of globalization for electoral participation and, most recently, on the incentive to adopt more proportional voting systems in a highly globalized environment. Martin has also published on the interaction of domestic conditions and external influences in spill-over processes. His current research project is on backlashes against globalization and EU integration with a focus on inequality and redistribution.


Among other journals, Martin has published in Public Choice, West European Politics, Electoral Studies, Constitutional Political Economy, and International Studies Quarterly. His book on democracy and foreign economic liberalization in developing countries was published with VS publishers (Wiesbaden).


Home University: Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel
Host University: New York University
Host Institute: Center for European and Mediterranean Studies

Contact: New York University
Center for European and Mediterranean Studies
285 Mercer St., 7th Floor
New York, NY 10003
Tel.: (212) 998-3717
Fax: (212) 995-4188
e-mail: christian.martin(at)nyu.edu

Prof Dr Kai Arzheimer, Hannah Arendt Visiting Chair for German and European Studies at the University of Toronto

Kai Arzheimer is the Chair of German Politics and Political Sociology at the Department of Political Science, University of Mainz, Germany. Before that, he was Professor of Empirical Political Science (2009-2013), also at Mainz, and Lecturer in German and European Studies at the University of Essex in the UK (2006-2009).

Research interests

Arzheimer’s research focuses on political attitudes and voting behaviour. He is particularly interested in the comparative study of mass support for Radical Right-Wing Parties in Europe, on which he has widely published. He also has a long-standing interest in the impact that communist rule and unification have had on German Politics and society, and in quantitative research methods. Arzheimer is the lead PI of the international SCoRE project, which studies the effects that institutional, infrastructural, socio-economic and attitudinal contexts are having on right-wing populist attitudes in Britain, France, Germany, and the Netherlands.


Selected Publications: Arzheimer, Kai. “Explaining Electoral Support for the Radical Right.” The Oxford Handbook of the Radical Right:. Ed. Rydgren, Jens. Oxford University Press, 2017. forthcoming; Arzheimer, Kai. “Another Dog that did not Bark? Less Dealignment and More Partisanship in the 2013 Bundestag Election.” German Politics 26.1 (2017): 49-64. 10.1080/09644008.2016.1266481; The SAGE Handbook of Electoral Behaviour. Eds. Arzheimer, Kai, Jocelyn Evans, and Michael Lewis-Beck. Los Angeles: Sage, 2016; Arzheimer, Kai. Strukturgleichungsmodelle. Eine anwendungsorientierte Einführung. Wiesbaden: Springer VS, 2015. 10.1007/978-3-658-09609-0; Arzheimer, Kai. “Strange Bedfellows: The Bundestag’s Free Vote on Pre-Implantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) Reveals How Germany’s Restrictive Bioethics Legislation is Shaped by a Christian Democratic/New Left Issue-Coalition.” Research and Politics July–September (2015): 1-7; Arzheimer, Kai. “The AfD: Finally a Successful Right-Wing Populist Eurosceptic Party for Germany?.” West European Politics 38 (2015): 535-556. 10.1080/01402382.2015.1004230; Arzheimer, Kai and Jocelyn Evans. “A New Multinomial Accuracy Measure for Polling Bias.” Political Analysis 22.1 (2014): 31-44. 10.1093/pan/mpt012; Arzheimer, Kai and Jocelyn Evans. “Geolocation and voting: candidate-voter distance effects on party choice in the 2010 General Election in England.” Political Geography 31.5 (2012): 301-310. 10.1016/j.polgeo.2012.04.006


Home University: Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, Germany

Host University: University of Toronto, Canada

Host Institute: Munk School of Global Affairs, Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies (CERES)

University of Toronto Munk School of Global Affairs,
Room 219N
1 Devonshire Place Toronto, ON M5S 3K7
Tel.: (416) 946-8965
E-mail: kai.arzheimer(at)utoronto.ca