Alexander Reisenbichler

Assistant Professor of Political Science, UTM
JIGES Research Coordinator
Affiliated Faculty, Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies


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Alexander Reisenbichler is Assistant Professor of West European Politics in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto. His work explores the politics of housing, financial, and labor markets in advanced economies, with regional specializations in Western Europe and the United States. His current research investigates how public policies shape the political economies of homeownership in the United States and Germany from a comparative, historical perspective. For this research, he has received support 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. Parts of this project have also been recognized by the American Political Science Association’s European Politics & Society section (Best Paper Award in 2017).

His work has appeared in Politics & Society, the Review of International Political Economy, Cityscape, and Foreign Affairs.



B.A., University of Leipzig, Germany

M.A., George Washington University

Ph.D., George Washington University



Politics of Western Europe and the European Union

Political Economy of Europe


Research interests:  

Social Policy



Business-Labor Relations

German Politics


Awards and Distinctions: 

Winner of the Best Paper Award from the American Political Science Association’s European Politics & Society Section, 2017


Selected Publications: 

Alexander Reisenbichler. “A Rocky Path to Homeownership: Why Germany Eliminated Large-Scale Subsidies for Homeowners.” Cityscape vol. 18 no. 3 (2016).

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).

Alexander Reisenbichler and Kimberly J. Morgan. “How Germany Won the Euro Crisis: And Why Its Gains Could Be Fleeting.” Foreign Affairs. Web. June 20, 2013.

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 (2012).


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