Cornelia Woll is the president of the Hertie School and professor of international political economy. Woll came to the Hertie School in 2022 from Sciences Po in Paris, where she had served in many roles since 2006, including the president of the academic board, professor of political science, and co-director of the Max Planck Sciences Po Center.
Her research focuses on the international political economy and comparative politics, in particular regulatory issues in the European Union and the United States. A specialist on business-government relations, she has published books on bank bailouts in the recent financial crisis and on service trade liberalization (both with Cornell University Press, 2014 and 2008). Other work has examined economic patriotism, trade and industrial policies, Europeanization and employers' organizations.
In 2011/12, she was a visiting fellow at the Center for European Studies at Harvard University. Before joining Sciences Po in 2006, she worked as a research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne. She holds a habilitation in political science from the University of Bremen (2013), a bi-national Ph.D. from Sciences Po and the University of Cologne (2005), and a MA and a BA in international relations and political science from the University of Chicago. Her dissertation was awarded the Lipset Prize of the Society for Comparative Research and an Otto-Hahn Medal of the Max Planck Society. In 2005, she was the laureat of the Akademiestipendium of the Berlin Brandenburgischen Akademie der Wissenschaften.