Dr. Benjamin G. Engst


I joint the Research Group on Comparative Politics as a postdoctoral researcher in September 2021. My doctorate is from the Graduate School of Economic and Social Sciences at the University of Mannheim.

For my thesis on the political power of highest courts (published with Palgrave) I received the Dissertation Award of the German Political Science Association (DVPW), the Lorenz-von-Stein Prize of the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES), and the award by the Prof. Dr. Anna und Prof. Dr. Jörg Jiri Bojanovsky-Foundation. Working on my thesis I have been a visiting scholar at Emory University.

I was a research associate at the Chairs for Comparative Politics at Leibniz University Hannover and Georg-August-University of Göttingen as well as a postdoctoral researcher at the Collaborative Research Center 884 of the University of Mannheim, prior to joining the University of Konstanz. I am also affiliated with the MZES as an external fellow.

I hold a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Public Law and a master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Mannheim. Moreover, I spent my first year of graduate studies at The Johns Hopkins University.

My research interests include Comparative Political Behavior and Comparative Political Institutions with an emphasis on Judicial and Legislative Politics in a cross-European comparison. Among other outlets my work appeared in Legislative Studies Quarterly, The Journal of Law and Courts, The Journal of Legal Studies, and the Politische Vierteljahresschrift.

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