Welcome to my webpage!

I am Full Professor and Chair of Political Sociology and Social Policy at the Humboldt University, Berlin.

Located at the intersection between comparative politics, political sociology and political economy, my research is guided by my interest in how post-industrial transformations of welfare states, labour markets and societies affect various aspects of political life.

Prior to joining the Humboldt University, I was Professor of Public Policy at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin and a Senior Researcher with an Ambizione-Project on women’s political alignment at the Department of Political Science of the University of Zurich. I obtained my PhD in 2012 from the University of Zurich and joined the Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy (SOCIUM) in Bremen in the same year. I also worked at the European University Institute in Florence, the Department of International Relations and Politics at the University of Oxford and the University of Essen-Duisburg.

You can find my work in the publication section of the website. You'll find information about ongoing projects in the research section.


New Publications


Armin Schäfer and Hanna Schwander. 2019. "'Don’t play if you can’t win’: does economic inequality undermine political equality?", European Political Science Review. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1755773919000201. Published Online 25 September 2019.

Hanna Schwander. 2019. "Health Care as Social Investment", in: Hertie School of Governance. The Governance Report 2019, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Hanna Schwander. 2019. "Labor market insecurity among the middle class - A cross-pressured group", Political Science Research and Methods. Published online 12 April 2019. doi.org/10.1017/psrm.2019.11

Hanna Schwander. 2019. "Labor market dualization and insider-outsider divides – Why this new conflict matters", Political Studies Review, 17(1), 14-29. First online 18. August 2018. doi.org/10.1177/1478929918790872