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Researchers at DaWS

Klaus Petersen, Director of DaWS

Professor, Ph.D

Research Areas: Welfare state history/The Nordic welfare model/ History and social science

Special Research Focus: Social Democracy and the welfare state/ Difussion and transnational history of the welfare state/ Family Policy/ War and Welfare States/ Pensions and retirement policy/ Concepts and language of the welfare state.

Current projects: War and Social Reform/Danish Social Policy in the Shadow of Nazi-Germany/
The comparative history of the concept “welfare state”/NICE-welfare/"Velfærdshistorier fra kanten"

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 Romana Careja

Assistant professor, Department of Political Science and Public Management

Research Areas: East-West migration/Immigration policies in host and home countries/ Comparative politics/ Transition to democracy and economic transformation of Central and Eastern European countries/ Romanja

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 Heidi Vad Jønsson

Assistant Professor, Postdoc, Ph.D. in History, Department of History

Research Areas: Immigration policy

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 Michael Baggesen Klitgaard

Professor WSR, Department of Political Science and Public Management

Research Areas: Comparative public policy/ Comparative welfare state research/The politics of reforms/ Political institutions/ Political economy

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Anne-Marie Mai

 Professor, Department for the Study of Culture

Research Areas: Litterature/ Values and welfare

Special Research Focus: Contemporary literature/Welfare narratives/ 18th century literature/ Women’s literature/ Literature and medicine

Current projects: NICE-welfare/ "Velfærdshistorier fra kanten"/The history of Nordic Women’s literature/The human Turn/ Humanomics/Welfare narratives

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Paul Marx

Professor WSR, Department of Political Science and Public Management

Research Areas: Comparative welfare state and labour market analysis/ Political sociology/ Political economy

Special Research Focus: Political participation and alienation/ Voting/ Preferences/ Inequality/ Social exclusion/ Political socialisation/ Reform politics

Current projects: Technological change and the future of work/The cultural foundations of political preferences/ The psychological and political repercussions of labour market experiences/ Youth unemployment and political socialisation/Economic shocks and the use of antidepressants/ The socio-economic determinants of susceptibility to populist messages

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Christoph Nguyen

Ph.D. , Postdoc, The Centre for Welfare State Research

Research Areas: Economic Insecurity/ Social Trust/ Political Psychology/ Research Methods

Special Research Focus: Emotions and Politics/ Psychological effects of insecurity/ Experimental Methods

Current Projects: Affect and Economic Voting/ Labor market insecurity, social trust, and welfare states in comparative perspective/ Unemployment and Political Engagement/ The Causal Logic of Qualitative Historical Institutionalism

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Jørn Henrik Petersen

Professor, dr. phil., lic.oecon, Department of Political Science and Public Management

Research Areas: The concept of the welfare state/ The history and current challenges to the welfare state

Special Research Focus: The fundamental core values of the welfare state past and present/ Christianity and the welfare state

Current projects: 
"Stemmer i den velfærdspolitiske debat –mænd og meninger i dansk socialpolitik 1960-2014"/ Humanity in the welfare- and competition state/ The philanthropic discussion at the end of the 19th century and its current importance

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Camilla Schwartz

Assistant Professor, Department for the Study of Culture

Research Areas: Subjectivity/ Citizenship

Special Research Focus: Health Discourses/ Biopolitics/ Narrative Medicine

Current projects: Psychiatric Narratives/ Gender and Psychiatry/Eating disorders/Gender and Subjectivity/ Dysfunctional female detectives in Nordic Noir

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 Peter Simonsen

Professor, PhD, Department for the Study of Culture

Research Areas: European fiction/ Stories of the lives of elders and aging/Stories of precarious and socially vulnerable lives

Special Research Focus: Litterature about elders

Current projects: Alzheimer in fiction/Precarious and socially vulnerable lives in literature and in TV/Litterature and disease stories/Positive hermeneutics/ The utility value of fiction

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Peter Starke

 Associate Professor, Dr. rer. pol., Department of Political Science and Public Management

Research Areas: Comparative welfare state research/ Political economy/ Qualitative and mixed methods

Special Research Focus: Politics of welfare state reform/ Globalization and the welfare state/ Policy diffusion/ Interest groups and social policy/ War and the welfare state/ Case study methods

Current projects: War and Welfare/ Interest groups and the comparative politics of social care/ Social policy by other means/ The politics of the German minimum wage reform

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 Pieter Vanhuysse

Professor, Department of Political Science and Public Management

Research Areas: Political sociology/ Comparative political economy/Comparative social policy/ Empirical social justice

Special Research Focus: Welfare and generations/ Intergenerational justice of public policies/ Intergenerational transfers by societies/ Politics of young and old/ Macro-social resilience and sustainability/ Post-communist transitions/ Demographic change and social policy/ Central and Eastern European welfare capitalism

Current projects: From the welfare state to the intergenerational society/ Early human capital policies/ Subject pool effects and prosociality/ Big Five personality traits and welfare attitudes

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Melike Wulfgramm

Associate professor, Department of Political Science and Public Management

Research Areas: Comparative welfare state research/ Outcomes of social policy/ Inequality research

Special Research Focus: Labour market policy/ Subjective well-being and attitudes/ Social inclusion/ Healthcare disparities/ Quantitative methods

Current projects: Welfare State Transformations in the 21st Century: Effects on Social, Economic and Political Inequality in OECD Countries/
Universal healthcare? Linking out-of-pocket payments to income-related inequalities in unmet health needs/ Inequality, Redistribution and the Divergence of Public Opinion

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Cecilie Bjerre

Ph.D.-student, Department of History

Project title: Foster care placements in Denmark, c. 1905-1975. (working title)

Discipline: History

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Mai Hostrup Brunse

Ph.D.-student, MA history and political science

Project title: Danish family policy, gender, women's movement

Discipline: History


Stine Grønbæk Jensen

Ph.D.-student, MA history, Department of History

Project title: Contested memories. The history of children in ’care’ in Denmark

Discipline: History

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 Luis Ernesto Taborda Moreno

 Ph.D.-student, Department of Political Science and Public Management

Project title: Electoral systems, Development of welfare states, Non European welfare states

Discipline: History

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Jacob Knage Rasmussen

Ph.D.-student, MA history, Department of Political Science and Public Management

Project title: "Without a history. How previously placed orphanage children and prison inmates meet their past self" (1945-1980).

Discipline: History


Nynne Cecilie Schmidt

Ph.D.-student, MA history, Department of History

Project title: ”The concept of tryghed – its political history and meanings in the era of the Cold War and the welfare state” (1945-1989).

Discipline: History

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Thomas Paster

Marie Curie Fellow, Department of Political Science and Public Management                     

Research AreasComparative politics, welfare state politics, business and politics, comparative-historical methodology, historical sociology

Special Research Focus: Comparative analysis of the influence of business interest groups on political decisions in social policy, taxation, and financial regulation, Employee co-determination and corporate governance, Political regulation of profit shifting by multi-national enterprises (G20/OECD BEPS Project), Schumpeterian perspectives on business-politics relations

Current project: The Politics of Social Inequality: Why is Business in Some Countries More Hostile to Social Redistribution than in others?

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Part-time Professors

DaWS is an international research environment welcoming visiting professors from all over the world

Part time and Honorary Professors

Visiting Scholars

Over the last years we have hosted both leading international scholars and researchers in the early phases of their career – and we will continue to do so in the coming year

Visiting scholars

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