Profile: Tobias Schulze-Cleven

Assistant Professor


Professor Tobias Schulze-Cleven is a political scientist focused on comparative employment relations across the wealthy democracies with an emphasis on Europe. He is particularly interested in the challenges to and strategies for collective action in contemporary capitalism. His scholarship takes a political economy approach to studying the changing politics of institutional reform at the nexus of social protection and economic growth. 

Schulze-Cleven's current book project analyzes recent transformations in European labor market policy, examining the role of workers' collective organizations in shaping processes of adaptation in Germany and Denmark. In his second research stream, he probes the politics of higher education reform in countries on both sides of the Atlantic. 

Professor Schulze-Cleven’s research has appeared in academic journals, book chapters and news publications. His work has been supported by Harvard’s Labor and Worklife Program, Germany’s Max Planck Society, and the University of California’s Labor and Employment Research Fund. He is the recipient of a teaching award at the University of California, Berkeley. At SMLR, he teaches courses on the international and comparative dimensions of employment relations. University-wide, he serves as the co-convener of an interdisciplinary working group on “Capitalism and Democracy in Conflict? Governing Work in the Global Economy.”

Curriculum Vitae

  • Associated Programs

    Faculty Affiliate, Center for European Studies

    Graduate Faculty Member, Rutgers' Program in Higher Education 

  • Courses Taught

    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)

  • Education

    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.

  • Publications

    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. Forthcoming in Politics & Society  

    Conceptualizing Cooperation: Coordination and Concertation as Two Logics of Collective Action,” with Darius Ornston. Forthcoming in Comparative Political Studies 

    “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 

    “The Learning Organization.” In How Revolutionary was the Revolution? National Responses, Market Transitions, and Global Technology in the Digital Era. John Zysman and Abraham Newman, eds. (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2006, pp. 234-241)

  • Awards

    Rutgers Faculty Ambassador

    Wertheim Fellowship, Harvard Law School

    DAAD Research Fellowship, AICGS

    Teaching Award, UC Berkeley

    Simpson & Fernström Fellowships, UC Berkeley

  • Expertise

    Comparative/International Employment Relations

    Comparative Political Economy

    European Politics

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