Tobias Schulze-Cleven

Assistant Professor
Center for Global Work and Employment
Labor Studies and Employment Relations (LSER)
Ph.D. & M.A., Political Science, University of California, Berkeley
M.Sc., Comparative Social Policy, University of Oxford
B.A., Philosophy, Politics and Economics, University of Oxford
 50 Labor Center Way, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
  • Work and employment internationally
  • Comparative/International employment relations
  • Comparative political economy
  • European politics
Professor Tobias Schulze-Cleven studies comparative employment relations across the wealthy democracies from a political economy perspective. Interested in the challenges to and strategies for collective action at the nexus of social protection and economic growth, he focuses on contemporary European labor market policymaking and distributional conflicts in the ongoing transformation of higher education. 
His research has appeared in Comparative Political Studies, Politics & Society and New Political Economy, and he is co-editing special issues for the Journal of Industrial Relations and Higher Education. He has held fellowships at Harvard and from Germany’s Max Planck Society, and received a teaching award at Berkeley. At Rutgers, he is a member of the Faculty Committee for Global Education; for the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), he serves as a Research Ambassador.
For more of Tobias Schulze-Cleven's activities, see SMLR's Center for Global Work and Employment

“Across Disciplinary Boundaries: Leveraging Complementary Perspectives on Global Labour,” with Gary Herrigel, Nelson Lichtenstein and Gay Seidman. Journal of Industrial Relations 59(4), 2017.

Collective Action: Engaging Ideas, Interests and Institutions, with Mingwei Liu. Special issue of the Journal of Industrial Relations 59(4), 2017

"Worlds of Higher Education Transformed: Toward Varieties of Academic Capitalism," with Jennifer R. Olson. Higher Education.

"The New Political Economy of Higher Education: Between Distributional Conflicts and Discursive Stratification,” with Johannes Angermuller, Jens Maesse and Tilman Reitz. Higher Education. 2017.

"Higher Education in the Knowledge Economy: Politics and Policies of Transformation." Profession Symposium in PS: Political Science and Politics 50(2), 2017, pp. 397-432.
Higher Education Reloaded: Studying the Politics of Institutional Change.” EuropeNow 1(2), December 2016 (lead article in special feature on “Transformation of Higher Education and Research in Europe”)
Can Lessons from Abroad Help Solve the Crisis in U.S. Public Higher Education?” Policy Brief, Scholars Strategy Network, March 2015

Liberalizing the Academy: The Transformation of Higher Education in the Unites States and Germany.” CSHE Research & Occasional Paper 1.15 (Berkeley: Center for Studies in Higher Education, 2015)

"Playing Normative Legacies: Partisanship and Employment Policies in Crisis-Ridden Europe,” with J. Timo Weishaupt. Politics & Society 43(2), 2015, pp. 269-299 

Conceptualizing Cooperation: Coordination and Concertation as Two Logics of Collective Action,” with Darius Ornston. Comparative Political Studies 48(5), 2015, pp. 555-585 (lead article) 

“Labor Market Policy: Toward A ‘Flexicurity’ Model in the US?” In Lessons from Europe? What Americans can Learn from European Public Policies. R. Daniel Kelemen, ed. (Washington, DC: CQ Press, 2014, pp. 77-96)

“Beware of German Fragility: Negative European Externalities of Domestic Institutional Exhaustion.” EUSA Review 24(3), Fall 2011, pp. 3-4

“Employment Policy.” In International Encyclopedia of Political Science. Bertrand Badie, Dirk Berg-Schlosser, and Leonardo Morlino, eds. (Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2011, pp. 1885-91)

“How Wealthy Nations Can Stay Wealthy: Innovation and Adaptability in a Digital Era,” with Bartholomew C. Watson and John Zysman. New Political Economy 12(4), December 2007, pp. 451-475

  • Labor and the Global Economy
  • Labor and Democracy
  • Comparative Social & Employment Policy
  • International/Comparative Labor and Employment Relations
  • The State of the State (Zeppelin University/Germany)
  • International Political Economy (Zeppelin University/Germany)
  • Institutional Theory (Zeppelin University/Germany)
  • Welfare State Reform (University of Bamberg/Germany)
  • Faculty Member, PhD Programs in Industrial Relations and Human Resources, Higher Education, and Political Science
  • Faculty Affiliate, Center for European Studies, Rutgers University
  • Member, Faculty Committee for Global Education, Rutgers University
  • Research Ambassador, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
  • Member, Junior Faculty Initiative, Labor & Employment Relations Association (LERA)