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
60323 Frankfurt am Main

Voice: +49 69 798-36678
E-Mail: zittel(at)soz.uni-frankfurt.de

Postal address:
Department of Social Sciences
Postbox 40
60629 Frankfurt am Main

Thomas Zittel also holds the Max Weber Visiting Chair for German and European Studies at the Center for European and Mediterranean Studies (CEMS) at New York University (USA). Roni Lehrer, Ph.D. will act as interim professor in academic year 2021/22.
  • Just Published: Zittel, Thomas, Louwerse, Tom, Pedersen, Helene Helboe and Schakel, Wouter. Should we conduct correspondence study field experiments with political elites? International Political Science Review. Online First.
  • Just Published: Pedersen, Helene Helboe, Louwerse, Tom und Zittel, Thomas. 2022. Ethics audits in cross-national research: Experiences from correspondence study field experiments with national politicians in four European democracies. Political Studies Review 20(2): 184-191. Find paper here.
  • New Award: Dr. Simon Stückelberger has been awarded the Young Researcher Award 2020 by the Swiss Political Science Association (SVPW) for his article "Mobilizing and chasing: The voter targeting of negative campaigning - Lessons from the Swiss case" (Party Politics). A blog post on the article (in German) can be found on DeFacto, the original article can be found here.

  • New Project: The Chair of Comparative Politics at Goethe-University Frankfurt cooperated with the University of Darmstadt (Dr. Michael Stecker) and the University of Oldenburg (Dr. Michael Jankowski) in designing a Smart Vote Application for the local elections in the state of Hessia in March 2021. The tool was available in 33 selected communities across Hessia. Further information can be found under www.kommunalwahlkompass.de
  • Just Published: Bol, Damien, Gschwend, Thomas, Zittel, Thomas, und Zittlau, Steffen. 2021. The importance of personal vote intentions for the responsiveness of legislators: A field experiment. European Journal of Political Research 60(2): 455-473. Find paper here.
  • Just Published: Zittel, Thomas und Nyhuis, Dominic. 2021. The legislative effects of campaign personalization. An analysis on the legislative behavior of successful German constituency candidates. Comparative Political Studies 54(2): 312-338. Find paper here.
  • Just Published: Zittel, Thomas. 2020. The beliefs of parliamentary candidates on electoral democracy. Who are the guardians of democracy and what motivates them? in: Lieven de Winter, Rune Karlsen, Hermann Schmitt (Hg.). Parliamentary Candidates Between Voters and Parties. A Comparative Perspective. London: Routledge, S. 196-217. Info hier.
  • Just Published: Zittel, Thomas. 2020. Constituency candidates and political representation. In: Robert Rohrschneider and Jacques Thomassen. The Oxford Handbook of Political Representation in Liberal Democracies. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Info here.
  • Just Published: Campbell, Rosie and Zittel, Thomas. 2020. The personal sources of responsiveness. Introduction to a special section. Swiss Political Science Review 26(1): 1-9.
  • 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.

› Current syllabi

› Examination Results

  • Thomas Zittel presents paper at the bi-annual meeting of the DVPW research group on  "Comparative Legislative Studies", 6. - 7. October 2022, University Bremen.
  • Thomas Zittel presents paper (with Markus Baumann) at APSA Annual Meeting & Exhibition 2022, 15. - 18. September, Montreal. Info here.
  • Thomas Zittel presents paper (with Markus Baumann) at a Workshop on "The Promises of Democracy: Self-Rule, Equality and Rationality" at Villa Vigoni, Mennagio/Lake Como, 27.-28. May 2022 (organized by Claudia Landwehr und Armin Schäfer).
  • Thomas Zittel organizes panel on "Political Culture in Contemporary Germany: A House Divided?" at Deutschen Haus at New York University, New York City, 30. March 2022, 12 - 1:30 pm (EST), online. Participants are Kai Arzheimer (University Mainz), Ross Campbell (University of West Scotland), Sarah Wiliarty (Wesleyan) und Lars Vogel (University Leipzig).
  • Markus Baumann presents paper (with Diane Bolet, Rosie Campbell, Tom Louwerse, Wouter Schakel, Thomas Zittel), APSA Annual Meeting & Exhibition 2021, 30. September – 3. October, Seattle/Online.
  • Thomas Zittel organizes panel on the German Federal Elections at at New York University, New York City, 23. September 2021, 12 – 2pm (EST), online. Participants are Sheri Berman (Barnard College), Constanze Stelzenmüller (Brookings), Thorsten Faas (FU Berlin) and Thomas Gschwend (University Mannheim) on the German Federal Elections 2021 .
  • Thomas Zittel presents paper (with Christian Stecker and Michael Jankowski), DVPW-Kongress 2021, 14.- 16.9., Online.
  • Thomas Zittel presents paper (with Markus Baumann), DVPW-Kongress 2021, 14. - 16.9.21, Online.
  • Wouter Schakel, University Amsterdam, presents paper (with Markus Baumann, Diane Bolet, Rosie Campbell, Tom Louwerse, Thomas Zittel), ECPR General Conference 2021, 30. August – 3. September, Online.
  • Markus Baumann presents paper (with Simon Stückelberger and Thomas Zittel), ECPR General Conference 2021, 30. August – 3. September, Online.
  • Just Published: Zittel, Thomas, Louwerse, Tom, Pedersen, Helene Helboe and Schakel, Wouter. Should we conduct correspondence study field experiments with political elites? International Political Science Review. Online First.
  • Just Published: Pedersen, Helene Helboe, Louwerse, Tom und Zittel, Thomas. 2022. Ethics audits in cross-national research: Experiences from correspondence study field experiments with national politicians in four European democracies. Political Studies Review 20(2): 184-191. Find paper here.
  • New Award: Dr. Simon Stückelberger has been awarded the Young Researcher Award 2020 by the Swiss Political Science Association (SVPW) for his article "Mobilizing and chasing: The voter targeting of negative campaigning - Lessons from the Swiss case" (Party Politics). A blog post on the article (in German) can be found on DeFacto, the original article can be found here.

  • New Project: The Chair of Comparative Politics at Goethe-University Frankfurt cooperated with the University of Darmstadt (Dr. Michael Stecker) and the University of Oldenburg (Dr. Michael Jankowski) in designing a Smart Vote Application for the local elections in the state of Hessia in March 2021. The tool was available in 33 selected communities across Hessia. Further information can be found under www.kommunalwahlkompass.de
  • Just Published: Bol, Damien, Gschwend, Thomas, Zittel, Thomas, und Zittlau, Steffen. 2021. The importance of personal vote intentions for the responsiveness of legislators: A field experiment. European Journal of Political Research 60(2): 455-473. Find paper here.
  • Just Published: Zittel, Thomas und Nyhuis, Dominic. 2021. The legislative effects of campaign personalization. An analysis on the legislative behavior of successful German constituency candidates. Comparative Political Studies 54(2): 312-338. Find paper here.
  • Just Published: Zittel, Thomas. 2020. The beliefs of parliamentary candidates on electoral democracy. Who are the guardians of democracy and what motivates them? in: Lieven de Winter, Rune Karlsen, Hermann Schmitt (Hg.). Parliamentary Candidates Between Voters and Parties. A Comparative Perspective. London: Routledge, S. 196-217. Info hier.
  • Just Published: Zittel, Thomas. 2020. Constituency candidates and political representation. In: Robert Rohrschneider and Jacques Thomassen. The Oxford Handbook of Political Representation in Liberal Democracies. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Info here.
  • Just Published: Campbell, Rosie and Zittel, Thomas. 2020. The personal sources of responsiveness. Introduction to a special section. Swiss Political Science Review 26(1): 1-9.
  • 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.

› Current syllabi

› Examination Results

  • Thomas Zittel presents paper at the bi-annual meeting of the DVPW research group on  "Comparative Legislative Studies", 6. - 7. October 2022, University Bremen.
  • Thomas Zittel presents paper (with Markus Baumann) at APSA Annual Meeting & Exhibition 2022, 15. - 18. September, Montreal. Info here.
  • Thomas Zittel presents paper (with Markus Baumann) at a Workshop on "The Promises of Democracy: Self-Rule, Equality and Rationality" at Villa Vigoni, Mennagio/Lake Como, 27.-28. May 2022 (organized by Claudia Landwehr und Armin Schäfer).
  • Thomas Zittel organizes panel on "Political Culture in Contemporary Germany: A House Divided?" at Deutschen Haus at New York University, New York City, 30. March 2022, 12 - 1:30 pm (EST), online. Participants are Kai Arzheimer (University Mainz), Ross Campbell (University of West Scotland), Sarah Wiliarty (Wesleyan) und Lars Vogel (University Leipzig).
  • Markus Baumann presents paper (with Diane Bolet, Rosie Campbell, Tom Louwerse, Wouter Schakel, Thomas Zittel), APSA Annual Meeting & Exhibition 2021, 30. September – 3. October, Seattle/Online.
  • Thomas Zittel organizes panel on the German Federal Elections at at New York University, New York City, 23. September 2021, 12 – 2pm (EST), online. Participants are Sheri Berman (Barnard College), Constanze Stelzenmüller (Brookings), Thorsten Faas (FU Berlin) and Thomas Gschwend (University Mannheim) on the German Federal Elections 2021 .
  • Thomas Zittel presents paper (with Christian Stecker and Michael Jankowski), DVPW-Kongress 2021, 14.- 16.9., Online.
  • Thomas Zittel presents paper (with Markus Baumann), DVPW-Kongress 2021, 14. - 16.9.21, Online.
  • Wouter Schakel, University Amsterdam, presents paper (with Markus Baumann, Diane Bolet, Rosie Campbell, Tom Louwerse, Thomas Zittel), ECPR General Conference 2021, 30. August – 3. September, Online.
  • Markus Baumann presents paper (with Simon Stückelberger and Thomas Zittel), ECPR General Conference 2021, 30. August – 3. September, Online.

Administration

Dominique Souliac

Campus Westend - PEG
Room 3.G145
Theodor-W.-Adorno-Platz 6
60323 Frankfurt am Main
Phone: +49 69 798-36685
Mail: vergleichende-politikwissenschaft(at)soz.uni-frankfurt.de

Postal adress:
Department of Social Sciences
Postbox 40
60629 Frankfurt am Main

Office hours:
Currently the administration office can only be contacted by e-mail.


Office Hours

Prof. Dr. Thomas Zittel
holds no office hours during the winter term 21/22. In urgent cases please contact him via E-Mail under zittel(at)soz.uni-frankfurt.de. In the summer term 22, office hours will be held  Tuesdays 12 - 1:30pm starting on 3. May. To register, please send an E-Mail at zittel(at)soz.uni-frankfurt.de.


Roni Lehrer, Ph.D.
Please schedule appointments by sending an e-mail to lehrer@soz.uni-frankfurt.de 


Dr. Simon Stückelberger
Please schedule appointments by sending an e-mail to stueckelberger(at)soz.uni-frankfurt.de.


Robin J. Rentrop has left Goethe University end of June 2022.


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