Curriculum Vitae

Sebastian Karcher
Associate Director, Qualitative Data Repository
Syracuse University
karcher@u.northwestern.edu

Education

  • PhD, Department of Political Science, Northwestern University, Summer 2014. (Committee: Kathleen Thelen, Ben Ross Schneider, James Mahoney, Edward Gibson).
  • MA in Political Science, Northwestern University, June 2007
  • Magister Artium in Political Science (major), Economics and Spanish (minors) University of Tuebingen, grade: sehr gut (highest grade), 2004

Research Interests

  • Political Economy, Business Politics, Varieties of Capitalism, Informal and non-standard labor
  • Comparative methods and theories in political science, especially qualitative methods and multi-method research
  • Institutionalism and Institutional Change
  • Regional Interests: Latin America, Advanced Industrialized Countries

Publications

  • Karcher, Sebastian, and David A. Steinberg. 2013. “Assessing the Causes of Capital Account Liberalization: How Measurement Matters1.” International Studies Quarterly 57 (1): 128–137. doi:10.1111/isqu.12001.
  • Thelen, Kathleen A, and Sebastian Karcher. 2013. “Resilience and Change in Federal Institutions: The Case of the German Federal Council.” In Federal Dynamics: Continuity, Change, and the Varieties of Federalism, 117–139. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Karcher, Sebastian, and Ben Ross Schneider. 2012. “Business Politics in Latin America: Investigating Structure, Preferences, and Influence.” In Routledge Handbook of Latin American Politics, edited by Peter R. Kingstone and Deborah J. Yashar, 273–284. New York, NY: Routledge.
    Republished in Spanish as: “La política de las empresas en Latinoamérica: investigando sus estructuras, preferencias e influencia”, Apuntes 70: 7-28.
  • Karcher, Sebastian. 2011. “Ungleichheit Und Das Trilemma Lateinamerikanischer Arbeitsmärkte [Inequality and the Trilemma of Latin American Labor Markets].” In Soziale Ungleichheiten in Lateinamerika: Neue Perspektiven Auf Wirtschaft, Politik Und Umwelt, edited by Ingrid Wehr and Hans-Jürgen Burchardt. Studien Zu Lateinamerika 10. Baden-Baden: Nomos.
  • Schneider, Ben Ross, and Sebastian Karcher. 2010. “Complementarities and Continuities in the Political Economy of Labor Markets in Latin America.” Socio-Economic Review 8 (4): 623–651. doi:10.1093/ser/mwq022.

Work in Progress

  • Liberalization, Segmentation, Informalization. The Political Economy of Changing Labor Markets (Dissertation/book manuscript
  • Varieties of Labor Market Politics: How Argentina is like Germany. Manuscript.

Awards and Scholarships:

  • Guest Scholar, Kellogg Institute for International Studies, University of Notre Dame, 2010-2011
  • International Dissertation Research Fellowship – Social Science Research Council (2008-2009))
  • Minar Award (2007) presented by the Department of Political Science, Northwestern University “to honor an outstanding advanced graduate student in Political Science”
  • Summer Travel Grants, Center of International and Comparative Studies Northwestern University (2005, 2006, 2007), Program for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (2005)
  • University Fellowship, Northwestern University, 2004-2005, 2008-2009.
  • Scholarship from the German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes) “Germany’s largest sponsor of intellectually outstanding students” 1999-2004

Conference Presentations

  • Varieties of Labor Market Politics: How Argentina is like Germany”, Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Washington D.C., September 2-5, 2010.
  • Inflexibility, Informality, and Other Complementarities: The Political Economy of Labor Markets in Latin America”, Internation Political Science Association, Santiago de Chile, July 12-16 2009.
  • The Politics of Labor Market Informalization. Argentina and Beyond”, Latin American Studies Association , Rio de Janeiro, June 11-14, 2009.
  • Who is in and Who is Out? The Politics of Labor Market Segmentation in Germany”, Council for European Studies, Sixteenth International Conference, Chicago, March 6-8, 2008.
  • The Politics of Labor Market Adaptation. General Concepts and Case Study Evidence form Germany”, Presented at the Conference “Why History”, Ringberg Castle, July 18-21, 2007.
  • The Politics of Segmentation. Labor Market Reform in Germany,” Annual Meeting of the Society for the Advancement of Socioeconomics, Kopenhagen, June 2007.
  • Liberalization, Segmentation, Informalization: Labor Market Adaptation in Varieties of Capitalism,” Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Philadelphia, August 31-Sept. 3, 2006.

Fieldwork

  • Three months follow up work on labor market reforms in Germany, affiliation with Max-Planck Institute for the Study of Society, Cologne, January through March 2009.
  • Nine months research on labor market reform and labor informalization in Buenos Aires, Argentina, affiliation with the Department of Political Science, Universidad Torquato di Tella, March-December 2008
  • Six month of fieldwork on labor market reforms in Germany 1980-present, affiliation with Max-Planck Institute for the Study of Society, Cologne, Spring and summer 2007.
  • Three month of fieldwork on labor market reforms and non-standard labor in Germany, affiliation with the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin, Summer 2006
  • Three month of research on the informal economy in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Summer 2005

Professional Service

Reviewer for International Studies Review, International Studies Quarterly, Latin American Research Review, Comparative Political Studies, and Business Politics

Work Experience

  • Teaching Assistant Department of Political Science, Northwestern University, 2004–2009. (Courses taught: Statistics and Political Research, Research Methods in Political Science, Comparative Politics, International Political Economy).
  • Zotero Trainer — Workshops in libraries across the United States, training librarians and academics to support Zotero at their institution
  • Course DesignIn the Telling, LLC, Boulder CO, production of online courses.
  • Student instructor for Introduction to Political Science at the Department of Political Science, University of Tuebingen, October 2003- 2004.
  • Intern Instituto Nacional de Desarrollo y Capacitación Municipal, La Paz, Bolivia, Summer 2000

Membership in Professional Organizations

  • American Political Science Association, Latin American Studies Association, Midwest Political Science Association, Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics.

Languages:

  • German (native), English (functionally native), Spanish (fluent), Portuguese, French (reading, basic conversation), Latin (good reading).