Tobias Schulze-Cleven

Tobias Schulze-Cleven

  • Associate Professor, Labor Studies and Employment Relations (LSER)
  • Co-Director, Center for Global Work and Employment
Labor Education Center, 50 Labor Center Way, New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8520

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

Curriculum Vitae - CV (PDF)

  • 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 collective action to sustain social protection and economic prosperity, he focuses on contemporary European labor market policymaking and distributional conflicts in the ongoing transformation of higher education. 

His research has appeared in such outlets as Comparative Political StudiesNew Political Economy and Politics & Society, and he has co-edited special issues for Higher Education and the Journal of Industrial Relations. He has held fellowships at Harvard University and from Germany’s Max Planck Society, and received a teaching award at UC Berkeley. At Rutgers, he is associated with the Ph.D. programs on Higher Education and Political Science and has been selected as a faculty fellow at Rutgers' Center for Cultural Analysis for 2019-2020.

For more of Tobias Schulze-Cleven's activities, see SMLR's Center for Global Work and Employment.

Research Publications

Edited Collections

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

Angermuller, Johannes, Jens Maesse, Tilman Reitz and Tobias Schulze-Cleven, eds. 2017. The New Political Economy of Higher Education. Special issue of Higher Education 73(6).

Schulze-Cleven, Tobias, ed. 2017. Higher Education in the Knowledge Economy: Politics and Policies of Transformation. Profession Symposium in PS: Political Science and Politics 50(2): 397–432.


Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Schulze-Cleven, Tobias. 2018. “A Continent in Crisis: European Labor and the Fate of Social Democracy.” Labor Studies Journal (available online first).

Schulze-Cleven, Tobias. 2017. “German Labor Relations in International Perspective: A Model Reconsidered.” German Politics & Society 35(4): 46-76.

Schulze-Cleven, Tobias. 2017. “Collective Action and Globalization: Building and Mobilizing Labour Power.” Journal of Industrial Relations 59(4): 397–419.

Schulze-Cleven, Tobias, Gary Herrigel, Nelson Lichtenstein and Gay Seidman. 2017. “Beyond Disciplinary Boundaries: Leveraging Complementary Perspectives on Global Labour.” Journal of Industrial Relations 59(4): 510–537.

Schulze-Cleven, Tobias, Tilman Reitz, Jens Maesse and Johannes Angermuller. 2017. “The New Political Economy of Higher Education: Between Distributional Conflicts and Discursive Stratification.” Higher Education 73(6): 795– 812.

Schulze-Cleven, Tobias and Jennifer R. Olson. 2017. “Worlds of Higher Education Transformed: Toward Varieties of Academic Capitalism.” Higher Education 73(6): 813–831.

Schulze-Cleven, Tobias. 2017. “Higher Education in the Knowledge Economy: Politics and Policies of Transformation (Introduction).” PS: Political Science and Politics 50(2): 397–402.

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

Schulze-Cleven, Tobias and J. Timo Weishaupt. 2015. “Playing Normative Legacies: Partisanship and Employment Policies in Crisis-Ridden Europe.” Politics & Society 43(2): 269–299.

Schulze-Cleven, Tobias, Bartholomew C. Watson and John Zysman. 2007. “How Wealthy Nations Can Stay Wealthy: Innovation and Adaptability in a Digital Era.” New Political Economy 12(4): 451–475 (lead article).

  • 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)