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Alexander Reisenbichler

John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellow & Visiting Scholar 2021-2022


Alexander Reisenbichler

Alexander Reisenbichler is assistant professor in the department of political science and research coordinator of the Joint Initiative of German and European Studies in the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy at the University of Toronto. His work explores the politics of housing, financial, and labor markets in advanced economies, with regional specializations in Western Europe and the United States. He received a Ph.D. in political science from George Washington University.

During his time at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies (CES), Reisenbichler will explore the new politics of central banking after the Great Recession of 2008-2009. His research will investigate the political and distributive dimensions of central bank programs, policies, and strategies by the Federal Reserve System and the European Central Bank in the context of ultra-low interest rates. He will also continue his research on the political economy of housing markets in the United States and Germany.


  • Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Toronto
  • John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellow & Visiting Scholar 2021-2022, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University

Research Topic

The New Politics of Central Banking After the Great Recession


Political Science

Areas of Expertise

  • Political Economy
  • European Politics
  • Welfare States
  • Housing Markets


Reisenbichler, Alexander. “The Politics of Quantitative Easing and Housing Stimulus by the Federal Reserve and European Central Bank, 2008‒2018.” West European Politics 43, no. 2 (2020): 464-484.

Morgan, Kimberly J, and Alexander Reisenbichler. “Riding the Tiger: Managing Risk in U.S. Housing Finance and Health Insurance Welfare Markets.” Socio-Economic Review, 2021.

Reisenbichler, Alexander. “Entrenchment or Retrenchment: The Political Economy of Mortgage Debt Subsidies in the United States and Germany.” Comparative Politics, 2021.

CES Award