Review activities, editorial boards, and speaker functions


Elected co-speaker of the research group on "Comparative Legislative Studies" within the German Political Science Association (DVPW), with Ulrich Sieberer and Philip Manow.

Editorial boards

Legislative Studies Quarterly


American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Brazilian Political Science Review; British Journal of Political Science; Constellations; Electoral Studies; European Political Science Review; European Journal of Political Research; German Politics; Government & Opposition; Journal of Common Market Studies; Journal of Comparative Politics; Journal of Legislative Studies; Journal of Information Technology and Politics; Journal of Politics; Legislative Studies Quarterly; Methoden-Daten-Analysen; Parliamentary Affairs; Party Politics; Policy & Internet; Political Behavior; Political Communication; Political Studies; Politische Vierteljahresschrift; Scandinavian Political Studies; Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft; West European Politics; Zeitschrift für Politikberatung; Zeitschrift für Vergleichende Politikwissenschaft.


Ashgate; Routledge; Palgrave Macmillan; Sage Publishers.

Funding Organizations

German Research Foundation (DFG); European Research Council (ERC); Fritz-Thyssen Stiftung; Research Foundation Flanders (FWO); Swiss National Science Foundation; Volkswagenstiftung; National Science Centre Polen (NCN); Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).


German Bundestag. Office for Technology Assessment (TAB).


Selection, dissertation, and recruitment committees (external member)


German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Graduate Stipends for Western Europe (2015 - present);  DAAD-Professorships North America 2018;

European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR). Jean Blondel PhD Prize Jury (2019 - 2021);

German-American Fulbright Commission. Reports for PhD Program 2018;

Cornell University. Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, Fulbright Evaluation Panel (2008 - 2010);

European Master Thesis Award 2007;

University Mannheim. Department of Sociel Sciences, DAAD fellowships to study at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore (1990 - 2001).


Otto-Friedrich-University Bamberg (2022); University of Aarhus, Denmark (2020); University of Groningen, Netherlands (2020); European University Institute, Florence (2015); Örebro University, Sweden (2014); Corvinus University Budapest, Hungary (2013).

Recruitment and Evaluation 

Leuphana University Lüneburg, External member of search committee for W-2/W-3 professorship for comparative politics (2021); University of Basel, Department of Philosophy and History, Evaluation Panel (2020); University of Mannheim, Department of Social Sciences, external member of search committee for W-2 Professorship in comparative politics and international relations (2016); Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg. Department of Social Sciences, external member of search committee for professorship (Juniorprofessur) in political economy (2010).


University Administration

Official Representative (OR) to European Consortium for Political Research, 9/2013 - present.

Elected member of the faculty board, GU Frankfurt / FB03, 4/2011 - 10/2011;10/2013 - 3/2015; 4/2017 - 3/2021.

Excecutive Director of the Institute for Political Science, GU Frankfurt / FB03, 4/2014 - 3/2015.

Elected Department Chair (Teaching Affairs), GU Frankfurt / FB03, 11/2011 - 6/2013 and 10/2015 - 3/2016.

Chairman of search committee, W-1 Professorship for Empirical Research on Democracy, GU Frankfurt / FB03, 2012/13.

Chairman of search committee, W-1 Professorship for Policy Analysis, GU Frankfurt / FB03, 2012/13.

Chairman of search committee, W-1 Professorship for Empirical Research on Democracy, GU Frankfurt / FB03, 2011/12.

Chairman of search committee, W-3 Professorship for Didactics in the Social Sciences, GU Frankfurt / FB03, 2011.

Director of studies for "MA-Political Sciences", GU Frankfurt / FB03, 4/2011 - 6/2013.

Professional Memberships

since 1996

German Association of Political Science (DVPW)


since 1997

American Political Science Association (APSA)


since 2002

German Society of Political Science (DGfP)


since 2007

German Society for Electoral Studies (DGfW)


since 2016

Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA)


since 2019

European Political Science Association (EPSA)


2008 - 2011

Changing Patterns of Participation and Representation in Europe

Research network funded by Flemish Research Association (Belgium), coordinated by Prof. Marc Hooghe (Catholic University Leuven, Belgium)


2006 - 2008

CONNEX Network of Excellence "Efficient and Democratic Governance in a multilevel Europe“


2001 - 2003

COST Action 14, Government and Democracy in the Information Age, Working Group 2: ICTs and Political Organizations; European Commission



Prof. Dr. Thomas Zittel

Goethe-Universität Frankfurt
Fachbereich Gesellschaftswissenschaften
Campus Westend - PEG, Room 3.G108
Theodor-W.-Adorno-Platz 6
60323 Frankfurt am Main
Phone: +49 69 798-36678
E-mail: zittel(at)

Postal address:
Goethe Universität Frankfurt
FB 03, Institut für Politikwissenschaft
Postbox 40
60629 Frankfurt am Main