Michael Dobbins is Adjunct Professor for Policy Analysis and member of the Working Group on Comparative Political Economy at the Department of Politics and Public Administration at the University of Konstanz.
Michael Dobbins studied political science and Slavic studies at the Universities of Konstanz, Warsaw and Rutgers. He completed his doctoral dissertation in Konstanz, which dealt with comparative higher education policies in post-communist Central and Eastern Europe. He was then employed as a senior researcher at the Chair of Comparative Public Policy and Administration (Prof. C. Knill) at the University of Konstanz and simultaneously was associated with the Collaborative Research Center “Transformations of the State” (Project Internationalization of Education Policy) at the University of Bremen. Between 2012 and 2013 he worked as a senior researcher at the Chair of Political Science at the University of Konstanz (Prof. M. Busemeyer) in the Emmy-Noether project “The Politics of Education and Training Reforms in Western Welfare States". His main areas of research are higher education policy, secondary education policy, policy making in the EU, policy making in the USA, transformation processes in Central and Eastern Europe as well as the Caucasus countries.
In 2013 Michael Dobbins was appointed as junior professor for policy analysis with the specialization education policy at the Goethe University of Frankfurt. Starting in October 2019 he is supplementary professor of policy analysis at the University of Konstanz.
He is currently co-director of the German-Polish research project “OrgIntCEE - The Missing Link: Examining organized interests in post-communist policy-making” funded by the DFG and NCN.