Sabine Ruß-Sattar

Guest Scholar

German Historical Institute Washington
1607 New Hampshire Ave NW | Washington DC 20009

Biographical Summary

Sabine Ruß-Sattar is Chair of Comparative Politics at the Department of Social Sciences, Kassel University, Germany, since 2005. She is also affiliated to the DGAP (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Auswärtige Politik /German Council on Foreign Relations) as an Associate Fellow in the Franco-German Relations program since 2012.  

After studying Political Science, History and Roman Studies in Freiburg, Clermont-Ferrand and Paris (Institut d’Etudes Politiques), she received her PhD in 1993 from the Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg with a study on political scandal and party finance reform in France. At the department of Political Sciences, she held the position as Assistant Professor from 1996 to 2002, and as University Lecturer (Hochschuldozentur C1) from 2004 to 2005.  In 2003, she completed her Habilitation. This comparative case study analyzes the political process in which homelessness was socially constructed as a problem in the United States and France in the last decade of the 20th century (“Interessenvertretung als Konstruktion. Schwache Interessen im Kräftefeld moderner Demokratien am Beispiel Wohnungsloser in Frankreich und den Vereinigten Staaten"). For her research on the American case, she was based at the German Historical Institute in Washington D.C. on a research scholarship of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. 

Ruß-Sattar’s main research interests are directed toward the developments of Western democracies and their political culture. In recent years, her research focus has been on questions of citizenship and migration. On this topic, she has edited with Helen Schwenken "New Border and Citizenship Politics"  (Palgrave Macmillan 2014) and published articles on diverse aspects of the topic, for instance the French model of integration, the political discourse on "diversity" and the political activities of the Tunesian diaspora in Europe in the aftermath of the Arab uprising. 

Her current research concentrates on the crisis of democracy in the context of the international rise of illiberalism. Her new project "Under pressure: Crisis of democracy and political reform in Europe and the US" explores how European and American civil society and politics respond to this crisis. During her stay at the GHI, she will work on two parts of this project: The first one is devoted to studying the debate on free speech and regulating social media platforms.  The second one will deal with the question of political inclusion, diversity and migration by looking at the case of "Hispanics" and their role in American electoral politics.

Sabine Ruß-Sattar will join the GHI as Visiting Scholar between April 2021 and September 2021.

You can find further information and publications here.

Main Areas of Interest

  • Political culture and civil society in Western democracies
  • Political institutions and political reform
  • Social inequality and political representation
  • Political parties and party systems
  • Social movements and interest groups
  • Citizenship and migration