Prof. Dr. Thomas Zittel

Professor for Comparative Politics

Goethe-University Frankfurt
Department of Social Sciences
Campus Westend - PEG, Room 3.G108
Theodor-W.-Adorno-Platz 6
60629 Frankfurt am Main

Voice: +49 69 798-36678
E-Mail: zittel(at)

Postal address:
Theodor-W.-Adorno-Platz 6 / Postbox 40
60629 Frankfurt a. M.

Research News

Research News

  • Just Published: Zittel, Thomas. The dark and bright sides of party polarization. Social Science Research Council. Items, 20 February 2018.
  • Just Published: Zittel, Thomas and Nyhuis, Dominic. Two faces of party unity. Roll-call votes and vote explanations in the German Bundestag. Parliamentary Affairs Online first.
  • Just Published: Zittel, Thomas. Electoral Systems in Context: Germany. In: Erik S. Herron, Robert Pekkanen, and Matthew Soberg Shugart. The Oxford Handbook of Electoral Systems. Oxford Online first.
  • Just Published: Ceyhan, Sara. Who runs at the top of party lists? Determinants of parties' list ranking in the 2013 German Bundestag election. German Politics Online first.

  • Just Published: Song, Hyunjin, Nyhuis, Dominic and Boomgaarden, Hajo G. A network model of negative campaigning: The structure and determinants of negative campaigning in multi-party systems. Communication Research Online first.

  • Just Published: Nyhuis, Dominic and Plescia, Carolina. The non-ideological component of coalition preferences. Party Politics Online first.

  • Just Published: Gschwend, Thomas and Zittel, Thomas. Who brings home the pork? Parties and the role of localness in committee assignments in mixed-member proportional systems. Party Politics Online first.

  • Just Published: Nyhuis, Dominic. Separating candidate valence and proximity voting: Determinants of competitors' non-policy appeal. Political Science Research and Methods Online first.

  • Just Published: Zittel, Thomas. 2017. The personal vote. In: Kai Arzheimer, Jocelyn Evans, Michael Lewis-Beck. Eds. The Sage Handbook of Electoral Behavior. Los Angeles CA et al.: Sage, p. 668 - 687.

  • Just Published: Nyhuis, Dominic. 2017. Estimating policy positions of local parties in elections with multi-vote ballots. Local Government Studies 43(3): 475-98.

  • Just Published: Nyhuis, Dominic. 2016. Electoral effects of candidate valence. Electoral Studies 42(1): 33-41.

  • Just Published: Ceyhan, Sara. 2016. Konservativ oder doch schon rechtspopulistisch? Die politischen Positionen der AfD-Parlamentskandidaten im Parteienvergleich. Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft 26(1): 49-76.

Teaching News

Teaching News

  • Arrangements for the supervision of Bachelor- or Masters theses, and for taking other exams, need to be made during Prof. Zittel's office hours. Arrangements via E-Mail are not possible. Please read the Information leaflets concerning this issue that are available under "Lehre" (in German) on this website prior to arranging a meeting during office hours.

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Conference News

Conference News

  • Thomas Zittel (with Rosie Campbell, Birkbeck, University of London) organizes workshop on "Legislators as Linkage in European Democracies" at ECPR Joint Sessions of Workshops, 10.-14. April 2018, University of Nicosia, Cyprus.

  • Thomas Zittel (with Robert J. Rohrschneider, University of Kansas) presents paper at the 76th MPSA Annual Conference, 5.-8. April 2018, Chicago, Ill.

  • Thomas Zittel presents paper at workshop on "Voting in Regional Elections. The Rise of Regional Authority and Electoral Accountability" (organized by Prof. Marc Hooghe, University of Leuven), 31. October 2017, Parliament of the German Speaking Community in Belgium, Eupen.

  • Dominic Nyhuis (with Thomas Zittel) presents paper at the workshop on "The political economy of mixed-member systems", 5-7 October 2017, Bremen.

  • Thomas Zittel (with Dominic Nyhuis) presents paper at the ECPR General Conference, 6-9 September 2017, Oslo, Norway.

  • Thomas Zittel presents paper at the APSA Annual Exhibition and Convention, 31 August-3 September 2017, San Francisco, CA.

  • Dominic Nyhuis presents paper at the workshop on "Spatial models in political science", 21-22 July 2017, Konstanz.

  • Thomas Zittel (with Dominic Nyhuis) presents paper at the workshop on "Micro-foundations of party democracy", 20-21 July 2017, Bremen.

  • Thomas Zittel (with Sara Ceyhan and Dominic Nyhuis) presents paper at the Conference of the ECPR Standing Group on Parliaments, 29 June-1 July 2017, Basel, Switzerland.
  • Dominic Nyhuis (with Thomas Zittel and Matthias Henneke) presents paper at the EPSA Annual Conference, 22-24 June 2017, Milan, Italy.
  • Thomas Zittel (with Dominic Nyhuis) presents paper at the ECPR Joint Sessions, 25-30 April 2017, Nottingham, UK.

  • Dominic Nyhuis (with Lukas Stoetzer) presents paper at the PSA Annual Conference, 10-12 April 2017, Glasgow, UK.


Campus Westend - PEG
Room 3.G145
Theodor-W.-Adorno-Platz 6
60629 Frankfurt am Main
Phone: +49 69 798-22495
Mail: vergleichende-politikwissenschaft(at)

Postal adress:
Campus Westend - PEG
Theodor-W.-Adorno-Platz 6 / Postbox 40
60629 Frankfurt am Main

Office hours:
'Modulscheine' and term papers can be submitted/picked up during the following times:

Monday   10:00 - 12:00
Wednesday   14:00 - 16:00

Office Hours

Prof. Dr. Thomas Zittel
During the semester, Tuesday between 12 and 1:30 pm. To register, please enter your name into the list next to the office door (PEG Room 3.G108).

Between semesters, please schedule appointments by sending an e-mail to zittel(at)

Dr. Dominic Nyhuis   
During the semester, Thursday between 3 and 4 pm. Please register via e-mail in advance.

Between semesters, please schedule appointments by sending an e-mail to dominic.nyhuis(at)

Elisabeth Rödel, MA
Please schedule appointments by sending an e-mail to roedel(at)