Institute of Political Science

Martin Seeleib-Kaiser

Professor of Comparative Public Policy

Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen
Institute of Political Science
Research Unit Comparative Public Policy
Melanchthonstraße 36, 72074 Tübingen

Room 003


Office Hours, Summer semester 2023
Tuesdays, noon to 2 pm
Please contact Prof. Seeleib-Kaiser by email to make an appointment.


Martin Seeleib-Kaiser studied Political Science, American Studies and Public Law at Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich (Germany) (MA 1989; Dr phil 1992) and was awarded the venia legendi in political science (habilitation) by Bremen University (Germany) (2000). Prior to his appointment at the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen in 2017, he held appointments at the University of Oxford (2004-2017), Duke University (North Carolina, USA) (1999-2002) and Bremen University (1993-1999; 2002-2004). He was a visiting scholar/guest professor at George Washington University (USA; 1996), Shizuoka University (Japan; 1997), Aalborg University (DK; 2008) and the WZB Berlin Social Science Centre. Martin has held various administrative and management positions in academia; from 2011 to 2015 he served as Head of the Social Policy Department at the University of Oxford. He has also advised a number of governments and the EU Commission.

Research Interests

His research focuses on the politics of social policy and comparative social policy analysis. Areas of research interest are:

  • the relationship between globalization and welfare systems
  • political parties and the welfare state
  • the interplay between ‘public’ and ‘private’ social protection policies and associated processes of dualization
  • social rights of EU citizens.

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