Chair of Comparative Governance


In the spring semester of 2009, US-American political scientist Guy Peters accepted the newly founded Chair of Comparative Governance at Zeppelin University.

The 64-year old scholar comes from the University of Pittsburgh to Lake Constance, he is one of the most internationally renowned representatives of a research field that in German is best described as "Vergleichende Regierungsforschung".

Since 1984, Guy Peters has been the "Maurice Falk Professor of American Government" at the University of Pittsburgh (USA). Before that, he chaired the "Center for Public Policy Studies" at Tulane University, and the "Department for Political Science" at the University of Pittsburgh.

Peters has been teaching at ZU several times already. "In the spring of 2008 I taught a one-week seminar in the context of the spring school, and I was enthusiastic about the high level of motivation and commitment at this university. That is why I am really looking forward to working with the students of ZU again", Professor Peters says.

Guy Peters offers seminars on the topics "American politics and US elections". His research and teaching activities are mainly in the areas of comparative political science - for example, due to current events last semester, Peters organized - together with ZU students - a class on the topic "Elections in the USA" where students analyzed and compared the election campaigns of Barack Obama and John McCain.

"With Guy Peters an outstanding expert in political science could be won to strengthen the growing study program "Public Management & Governance" of Zeppelin University. Students are able to gain insights into internationally comparative government, and the way towards a further internationalization of the Zeppelin University Graduate School is pursued further", ZU president Professor Dr Stephan A Jansen expresses his joy about the renowned addition to the team.

During the 40 years of his academic career, Guy Peters has published numerous monographs and essays, and has also been the co-author of many publications on his subject. Currently, he is the co-editor of the journal "European Political Science Review". He has worked as a visiting professor at Stockholm University, the University of St. Gallen, and the University of Vienna, among others. For several years, Guy Peters has been working closely with the Academic Program Director of the study program, Professor Dr Eckhard Schröter, on common research projects.


Bengel, Silke
Bengel, Silke
Assistant of the President & Managing Director
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Room:Kolon 3.09
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