Bettina Petersohn

Bettina PetersohnTechnische Universität Darmstadt

Institute for Political Science

Contact address:

Institute for Political Science
TU Darmstadt
Residenzschloss
64283 Darmstadt

Room S3/13/213
+49 (0)6151/16-2837
petersohn@pg.tu-darmstadt.de

Born 1978 in Potsdam (Germany)

Curriculum Vitae

Education

  • 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)

Positions

  • 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)

Fellowships

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

Publications

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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