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Kathrin Zippel


Kathrin Zippel

Kathrin Zippel is Einstein Strategic Professor at Freie Universität Berlin. Previously she was professor of sociology at Northeastern University. She has published on gender politics in the workplace, public and social policy, social movements, welfare states, and globalization in the United States and Europe.

Her book The Politics of Sexual Harassment in the United States, the European Union and Germany (Cambridge University Press) won several awards. Her recent research explores gender and global transformations of science and education. One of her current research projects, a collaboration entitled Gender Equality Reforms and Institutional Change in Higher Education, funded by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, explores the paradoxical relationship between gender equality approaches and corporate-style management strategies by comparing recent efforts to achieve greater gender equality in the upper reaches of academia in Europe and the United States. In her latest book, Passport to Global Science: Advancing Women in STEM in International Research Collaborations (Stanford University Press, 2017), she argues that global science is the new frontier for women, providing both opportunities and challenges as gender shapes the dynamics and practices of international research.

Zippel served as Co-PI of Northeastern’s National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformation grant, “Advancing Women in Interdisciplinary and International Networks.” She held a Humboldt Research Fellowship at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne and the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich; was a guest at the WZB Social Science Research Center in Berlin, and was a guest researcher at the European University Institute in Florence. Zippel received a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and was a post-doc at the European Union Center of New York at Columbia University.


  • Einstein Strategic Professor, Freie Universität Berlin