Bettina Petersohn

Bettina PetersohnTechnische Universität Darmstadt

Institute for Political Science

Contact address:

Institute for Political Science
TU Darmstadt
64283 Darmstadt

Room S3/13/213
+49 (0)6151/16-2837

Born 1978 in Potsdam (Germany)

Curriculum Vitae


  • Current
    PhD Candidate at Technische Universitaet Darmstadt
    Dissertation topic: “Constitutional Reforms and Federalism in Multinational Democracies: Comparing historical trajectories of Canada and Belgium”
  • 10/2006-7/2007
    Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute of Intergovernmental Relations, Queen’s University, Canada
  • 1999-2005
    Master of Arts, Political Science (major), Economics and Communication Science (minors) at the University of Augsburg
  • 1997-1999
    Architectural Studies at the Technical University of Karlsruhe
  • 1997
    Abitur (high school graduation qualifying for university admission)


  • 10/2011-03/2012
    Lecturer at the Institute for Political Science, Technische Universitaet Darmstadt (Prof. Dr. Arthur Benz)
  • 9/2008-08/2011
    Researcher at the research project “Patterns of constitutional reform concerning federal structures” funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG)
  • 9/2007-8/2008
    Lecturer and Research Associate at the Institute for Canadian Studies/Department of Political Science, University of Augsburg (Prof. Dr. Rainer-Olaf Schultze)
  • 11/2004-9/2006
    Graduate Teaching Assistant at the Institute for Canadian Studies/Department of Political Science, University of Augsburg (Prof. Dr. Rainer-Olaf Schultze)
  • 08/2001-12/2002
    Student Research Assistant at the Research Project: „The Idea of Common Sense and the British Parliamentarism in the 18th Century” funded by the German Research Foundation, Chair of Political Science, University of Augsburg (Prof. Dr. Theo Stammen)


  • 10/2006-7/2007
    Government of Canada Award


Journal Articles

  • 2011: Nathalie Behnke, Bettina Petersohn, Andrea Fischer-Hotzel, and Dominic Heinz: Measuring Success of Constitutional Reforms. Evidence from territorial reforms in eight Western democracies; in: Regional and Federal Studies, Vol. 21 (4), 443-473.
  • 2011: Konfliktakkommodierung bis zur Selbstaufgabe? Stabilität und Dynamik der Verfassungsentwicklung in Belgien. In: Politische Vierteljahresschrift Vol. 51 (2), 195-219.

Book Chapter

  • forthcoming 2012: Constitutional reform processes and federal development: patterns of change and interaction, in: Arthur Benz / Jörg Broschek (Eds.): Federal Dynamics.Continuity, Change and Varieties of Federalism. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • forthcoming 2012: Jörg Kemmerzell and Bettina Petersohn: Regional Actors as Veto Players: Opportunities and Risks inConstitutional Reform Processes, in: Arthur Benz / Felix Knüppling (Eds.): Federal Constitutional Reforms. Opladen: Verlag Barbara Budrich, 311-329.
  • 2011: Bettina Petersohn and Rainer-Olaf Schultze: Verfassungswandel in Mehrebenensystemen. Ziele, Formen und Prozeßstrukturen. In: Christoph Hönnige / Sascha Kneip / Astrid Lorenz (Hg.): Verfassungswandel im Mehrebenensystem. Wiesbaden: VS-Verlag, 41-74.

Research Interests

  • Constitutional Politics
  • Comparative Federalism
  • Accommodating diversity

Teaching Experience

TU Darmstadt
Undergraduate Level

  • Introduction to Political Science ( Winter 2011/12 )
  • Introduction to the German political system ( Winter 2011/12 )

University of Augsburg
Graduate Level

  • Comparing Constitutional Politics: Canada, Belgium and Germany ( Winter 2007/08 )
  • Multinational Democracies. Territorial Cleavages and Federal Structures – UK, Belgium, Canada, Switzerland ( Summer 2008 )

Undergraduate Level

  • Tutorials: Introduction to Political Science; Comparing Multi-tiered Systems; Structures and Processes of European Integration
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