Visiting Scholars 2016/2017

Prof. Michael Herron, PhD | Visiting Scholar
Prof. Michael  Herron, PhD

Michael C. Herron is the William Clinton Story Remsen 1943 Professor of Government at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. Herron received his doctorate in Political Economy from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University in 1998, and he has an M.S. in Statistics from Stanford, an M.A. in Political Science from the University of Dayton, and a B.S. in Mathematics and Economics from Carnegie-Mellon University. Herron was previously on the faculty of Northwestern University, was a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard University, and has visited the University of Rochester and previously the Hertie School of Governance. Among other subjects, Herron studies election administration and voting irregularities, and he has written many articles with a variety of co-authors on the subjects of early voting, the consequences of changes in election laws, and ballot formats.  Herron also works on questions of representation and measuring the extent to which the members of Congress represent Americans. Herron's current research focuses on the rate at which African-Americans are missing from the United States electorate due to disproportionate early mortality and incarceration, and Herron also has an ongoing project that seeks to measure voting lines and polling place processes across the United States.

Alan M. Jacobs, PhD | Visiting Scholar
Alan M.  Jacobs, PhD

Alan M. Jacobs is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of British Columbia, working in the fields of comparative political economy and public policy, political behaviour, and methodology. Jacobs will be visiting the Hertie School from August 2016 to July 2017 as a Humboldt Foundation Fellow. His current research is focused primarily in three areas: comparative analysis of the relationship between economic inequality and political inequality in advanced democracies; the development of a Bayesian approach to integrating qualitative and quantitative methods; and the experimental investigation of citizens’ attitudes towards intertemporal policy trade-offs, including long-term public investments. Jacobs is the author of Governing for the Long Term: Democracy and the Politics of Investment (Cambridge University Press, 2011), which received the American Political Science Association’s awards for the Best Book in Comparative Politics and for the Best Book using Qualitative Methods, as well as articles in the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, the British Journal of Political Science, the Annual Review of Political Science, and other outlets.

Prof. Carlos Pereira, PhD | Visiting Scholar
Prof. Carlos  Pereira, PhD

Carlos Pereira is a Professor of Political Economy and Public Policy at the Brazilian School of Public and Business Administration – EBAPE at Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV). He was a visiting fellow at Brookings Institution and a Research Fellow at the University of Oxford. He was an Assistant Professor of comparative politics in the department of political science at Michigan State University and Professor of the São Paulo School of Economics at FGV. He also worked as a visiting professor of the department of economics at the University of São Paulo-USP and in the department of politics at Colby College. In addition, he was associate researcher at Oswald Cruz Foundation-Fiocruz and Candido Mendes University-UCAM. He has been involved in many consultancy and research projects with interdisciplinary research teams at the World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, Department for International Development DFID/UK, Coperación Andina de Fomento – CAF etc. His research focuses on the effect of political institutions on public policy outcomes; budgetary policies; theory of regulation and regulatory governance; executive-legislative relationships; coalition management; and legislative organization in comparative perspective. His recent work includes Brazil in Transition: Beliefs, Leadership, and Institutional Change, with Lee Alston, Marcus Melo and Bernardo Mueller, Making Brazil Work: Checking the President in a Multiparty System with Marcus Melo, and Regulatory Governance in Infrastructure Industries.

Prof. Jonas Pontusson, PhD | Visiting Scholar
Prof. Jonas  Pontusson, PhD

Swedish of origin, Jonas Pontusson received his PhD in political science from the University of California at Berkeley in 1986 and is currently Professor of Comparative Politics at the University of Geneva.  He started his career at Cornell University and spent six years at Princeton University before moving to Geneva in 2010.  His research interests include varieties of capitalism, trade unions and labor markets, comparative welfare states and the political economy of redistribution. During his year at the Hertie School, Jonas plans to write a book, with Lucio Baccaro, on growth models and the politics of macroeconomic management from the 1980s to present, focusing on Germany, Italy, Sweden and the UK.  He will also prepare a new research project on how rising inequality affects the way democracy works in the OECD countries.

Permanent Visiting Scholar

Prof. Walter W. Powell, PhD | Lewis A. Coser Permanent Visiting Professor
Walter W.  Powell, PhD

Walter W. Powell is Professor of Education (and) Sociology, Organizational Behaviour, Management Science and Engineering, Public Policy, and Communication at Stanford University, and an external faculty member at the Santa Fe Institute.  At Stanford, he is faculty co-director of the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society. Powell works in the areas of organization theory, economic sociology, and the sociology of science.  His interests focus on the processes through which knowledge is transferred across organizations, and the role of networks in facilitating or hindering innovation and of institutions in codifying ideas. His most recent book, with John Padgett,  The Emergence of Organizations and Markets (Princeton University Press, 2012) culminates a decade- long project analysing the role of networks in invention and catalysing social and economic transformations. Powell is the author or editor of Books: The Culture and Commerce of Publishing, with Lewis Coser and Charles Kadushin (Basic Books, 1982); Getting into Print: The Decision-Making Process in Scholarly Publishing (U. of Chicago Press, 1985);  The New Institutionalism in Organizational Analysis, with Paul DiMaggio (U. of Chicago Press, 1991); Private Action and the Public Good, with Elisabeth Clemens (Yale U. Press, 1997); and The Nonprofit Sector, with Richard Steinberg (Yale U. Press, 2006).  He received his PhD in Sociology from SUNY – Stony Brook in 1978, and previously taught at Yale, MIT, and the University of Arizona. He holds honorary degrees from Uppsala University, Copenhagen Business School, and the Helsinki School of Economics, and is a foreign member of the Swedish Royal Academy of Science. [more]

Call for Applications | Visiting Faculty

The Hertie School offers scholars from other institutions the possibility to conduct research and to cooperate with Hertie School faculty members during a research stay at the School. There is no financial allowance for a research stay at the Hertie School. Interested scholars are asked to send their applications including CV, specific dates of stay and plans for research (and teaching) to the Dean’s Office (deansoffice(at)

There are three application deadlines for visiting scholars per academic year for spots one year in advance: 31 August, 31 January and 31 May.

For further information, please contact the Dean’s Office.