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Hanna Lierse

John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellow & Visiting Scholar 2016-2017

Residency Dates: September 1, 2016 - July 1, 2017


Hanna Lierse

Hanna Lierse is a John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellow at CES. After the completion of her Ph.D. at the University of Hamburg in 2011, she has worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the research center on the transformation of the state located in Bremen. Her research interests pivot around the political economies, particularly linked to issues of taxation, welfare and redistribution. During her stay at CES, she will examine the rise and the transformation of income and wealth taxation in Europe since the 19th century and gauge redistributive implications. Particularly, it is the aim of the research project to shed light on how left-wing parties and organized labor contributed to the rise and decline of income and wealth taxes and how these forces have interacted with the major economic and political shocks of the last 150 years.

This information is accurate for the time period that the scholar is affiliated with CES.


  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Jacobs University Bremen
  • John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellow 2016-2017, CES, Harvard


  • Hanna Lierse, “Revenue Mobilization in the Developing World: Changes, Challenges, and Chances.” In: Review of International Political Economy, Special Edition. (2016).
  • Hanna Lierse, “Social Protection in the Developing World: Challenges, Continuity and Change,” in: Politics & Society, Special Edition (2015).
  • Hanna Lierse, “The Evolution of the European Economic Governance System: Monetary and Business Tax Cooperation from a Discursive Institutionalist Perspective” (2011).

Other Material

Political Science

Areas of Expertise:
Political Economy
Comparative Politics
Welfare State

Research Topic:
The Politics of Income and Wealth Taxation in Europe, 1840-2013