• Current position Research interests
  • Education February 2009 University of Konstanz
  • October 2000 - February 2001 University of Warsaw (Poland)
  • Randolph High School (USA) June 1994, High School Degree July 1992- July 1993 Gymnasium Bornbrook, Hamburg
  • Professional experience 2012-2013 Senior researcher
  • 2008-2012 Associated research fellow
  • 2008 to 2012: Associated research fellow
  • 1999 – 2004 Student assistant, Chair of Slavic Languages, University of Konstanz
  • 1997 – 1999 – International office of the University of Konstanz
  • Acquired research funds Review and editing activities Organization of conferences and panels Presentations
  • Participation in academic committees
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    Jun. Prof. Dr. Michael Dobbins

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    Name

    Michael Dobbins




    Private address

    Work address

    Zumsteinstr. 5


    78464 Konstanz

    Germany


    Tel. +49 7531 942329

    Mobile +49 177 80 44 501


    Dobbins@soz.uni-frankfurt.de
    Faculty of Social Sciences

    Goethe University of Frankfurt

    Grüneburgplatz 1

    D-60323 Frankfurt

    Germany

    Tel: +49 69 798 36690



    Dobbins@soz.uni-frankfurt.de


    Date of birth


    9 October 1975 in New Jersey (USA)

    Civil status

    Married to Mariam Parsadanishvili, two children (born 5 May 2011; 24 April 2014)

    Citizenship

    USA (Permanent residence for Germany)






    Current position


    Research interests


    Junior professor of education policy at the Goethe University of Frankfurt am Main



    Education policy, higher education policy, European integration, globalization and internationalization, political transformations in Central and Eastern Europe, Georgia and the Caucasus





    Education

    February 2009 University of Konstanz Completion of PhD in political science, dissertation on “Comparing Higher Education Policies in Central and Eastern Europe”, final grade: summa cum laude
    January 2003 University Konstanz Master of Political Science and Slavic Languages, final grade: 1.5
    Master thesis: “After enlargement: Preference profiles, voting weights and institutional change in the EU”
    October 2000 - February 2001 University of Warsaw (Poland)

    Participation in exchange program with a scholarship from the University of Konstanz; participation in seminars on the transformation process in Poland and EU accession; Advanced Polish language course


    1994-1996 Rutgers University (USA)

    Studies in Political Science, Romance Languages and Germanic Languages




      1. Randolph High School (USA)

    June 1994, High School Degree
    July 1992- July 1993 Gymnasium Bornbrook, Hamburg

    School exchange program as part of the Congress-Bundestag program




    Languages


    English: mother language

    German: fluent

    French: fluent

    Dutch: fluent

    Russian: Advanced knowledge

    Polish: Advanced knowledge

    Spanish: Advanced knowledge

    Italian: Advanced knowledge

    Swedish: Basic knowledge

    Georgian: Basic knowledge





    Professional experience


    2012-2013 Senior researcher at the Chair of Political Science (Prof. Marius Busemeyer), Department of Politics and Management, University of Konstanz
    Activities: Collaboration in the DFG Emmy-Noether-Project: "The Politics of Education and Training Reforms in Western Welfare States", teaching seminars on education policy, higher education policy and the political systems of the EU and USA, supervision of Bachelor and Master theses;

    2008-2012 Associated research fellow of the Collaborative Research Center 597: Transformations of the State, University of Bremen, Project: “Internationalization of Education Policy“

    Activities: Scientific analyses of secondary and higher education policy reforms in various countries

    2005-2011 Junior/Senior researcher at the Chair for Comparative Public Policy and Administration of the University of Konstanz (Prof. Christoph Knill)
    2008 to 2012: Associated research fellow of the Collaboration Research Center 597: Transformations of the State, University of Bremen, Project: “Internationalization of Education Policy
    2002 – 2004 Student assistant, Chair of Theories of the State, University of Konstanz

    Research work on the Europeanization of consumer protection policy, translations



    1999 – 2004 Student assistant, Chair of Slavic Languages, University of Konstanz

    Translations of linguistic texts (German, Russian, Polish, English, French)


    April - June 2000 – Deutsche Atlantische Gesellschaft (German Atlantic Association) (Bonn/Brussels)

    Internship; Organization of security policy seminars (Bonn/Brussels), translations
    1997 – 1999 – International office of the University of Konstanz

    Student assistant, counselling of foreign students, translations


    August 1995 – August 1996 Lufthansa, Newark Airport, NJ (USA)

    Passenger check-in, interpreting, translations, baggage tracing, computer work, information desk




    Awards

    Ulrich Teichler Prize for outstanding research on higher education policy, 2010


    Acquired research funds

    Review and editing activities

    Organization

    of conferences and panels

    Presentations



    (with Christoph Knill) Fritz-Thyssen Foundation, 2006. Project “Comparing higher education policies in Central and Eastern Europe“, University of Konstanz, € 150,000
    (with Christoph Knill) Fritz-Thyssen Foundation, 2010. Conference. “Welfare State Traditions, Education, and Higher Education Policies”, May 2010. University of Konstanz, € 10,000

    Palgrave education series, Higher Education, Journal of Education Policy, East European Politics and Societies, European Education, Journal of European Public Policy, Socio-Economic Review, Higher Education Policy, Journal of School Choice, DAAD, Swiss National Science Foundation, Euxeinos – Governance and Culture in the Black Sea Region (co-editor), Social Policy and Administration

    „Die Rolle von internationalen Organisationen bei der Modernisierung und Optimierung nationaler Bildungssysteme: Potentielle Reformansätze aus Neuseeland für das deutsche Bildungs- und Hochschulsystem?“ (The role of international organizations in the modernization and optimization of national education systems), Workshop with representatives of the German Federal Ministry of Education and the Collaborative Research Center 597 – Transformations of the State, University of Bremen, November 2009
    “Welfare State Traditions, Education and Higher Education Policy”, Conference organized by the Chair of Comparative Public Policy and Administration and the Center of Excellence in Public Administration and Management, University of Konstanz, May 2010
    “Measuring Change in Higher Education Policy Governance”, Panel organized at the annual conference of the International Political Science Association, Madrid, July 2012
    The European Research Area – Issues and Approaches, Council for European Studies, Amsterdam, July 2013

    Workshop „Bildung und Bildungspolitik im internationalen Vergleich“ Universität Tübingen, November 2014.



    Wandel der Hochschulsteuerung in Westeuropa? Das Zusammenspiel von internationalen Herausforderungen und historischen Institutionen (Transformation of Higher Education Governance in Western Europe: The interplay between international challenges and historical institutions), Presentation at the University of Bern. December 2013.
    Dezentralisierung von Bildung in den westlichen OECD-Staaten (Decentralization of Education in the western OECD countries) (with Claudia Christ), Tagung des Tübinger Bildungskollegs: Educational Governance, November 2013.
    Wandel der Hochschulsteuerung in Westeuropa? Das Zusammenspiel von internationalen Herausforderungen und historischen Institutionen (Transformation of Higher Education Governance in Western Europe: The interplay between international challenges and historical institutions), Tagung des Tübinger Bildungskollegs: Educational Governance, November 2013.
    French Higher Education and Research Policy in Transition: More State, More Market and More Humboldt?, Council of European Studies, Amsterdam, June 2013.
    Les politiques d'enseignement supérieur en Europe Centrale et de l'Est. Convergence vers un modèle commun ?, (Higher Education Policies in Central and Eastern Europe : Convergence towards a common model ?) Conference Bologna and Beyond – Bologne et au-delà, Maison Interuniversitaire des sciences de l'Homme – Alsace, Strasbourg. June 2013.
    Divergente Europäisierung: Eine Analyse der Reformen der Hochschulsteuerung in Frankreich und Italien (Divergent Europeanization: An analysis of the reforms of higher education governance in France and Italy), Tagung des Tübinger Bildungskollegs - Europäischer Bildungsraum – Europäisierungsprozesse in Bildungspolitik und Bildungspraxis, November 2012.
    Frankreich: Reaktionen auf die Internationalisierung der Bildungspolitik (France: Reactions to the Internationalization of Education Policy). Presentation for the Collaborative Research Center “Transformations of the State”. University of Bremen, July 2012.
    French higher education: the transformation of the state as a governance designer. International Political Science Association, Madrid, July 2012.
    L’Union européenne et le Caucase (The European Union and the Caucasus), Presentation during the German-French Colloquium at the University of Konstanz, May 2011.
    Internationalisierung der französischen Bildungspolitik (Internationalization of French Education Policy), Presentation for the Collaborative Research Center “Transformations of the State”. University of Bremen, March 2011.
    Comparing Higher Education Policies in Central and Eastern Europe: Convergence to a common model? Council of European Studies, Montreal. April 2010.
    The Rose Revolution and Thereafter as a Case of Misguided Policy Transfer, Conference: Encounters between the Caucasus and the West: Image and Reality. Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. June 2010.
    An analytical framework for the cross-country comparison of higher education governance. Conference: Welfare State Traditions, Education and Higher Education Policy“, Konstanz, May 2010.
    Explaining different pathways in higher education policy in Central and Eastern Europe, Eurodocs Conference, Lausanne, May 2010.
    Barack Obama, der 44. Präsident der USA
    Bilanz des ersten Jahres (Barack Obama: the 44th President of the USA: A look back at the first year). Presentation at the Volkshochschule Konstanz, January 2010.
    Die Rolle von internationalen Organisationen bei der Modernisierung und Optimierung nationaler Bildungssysteme: Potentielle Reformansätze aus Neuseeland für das deutsche Bildungs- und Hochschulsystem? (The role of international organizations in the modernization and optimization of national education systems: Potential reform approaches from New Zealand for the German education system). Presentation for the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. University of Bremen, November 2009.
    The marketization of energy policy in Central and Eastern Europe” (with Jale Tosun), Presentation at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona. November 2009.
    Explaining different pathways in higher education policy in Central and Eastern Europe: The cases of Romania and the Czech Republic”, ECPR Joint Sessions, Potsdam, September 2009.
    Die Rolle der USA im Südkaukasus (The Role of the USA in the Southern Caucasus), Presentation at the University of Konstanz during the event “Krisenherd im Kaukasus“ (Flashpoint Caucasus), October 2008.
    Comparing Higher Education Policies in Central and Eastern Europe. ECPR Joint Sessions, Presentation at the Center for Globalisation and Governance. University of Hamburg 2007.
    Comparing Higher Education Policies in Central and Eastern Europe. ECPR Joint Sessions, Helsinki, May 2007.
    The Contested Council: The Conflict Dimensions of an Intergovernmental Institution. European Union Studies Association, Bi-Annual Conference, Austin, Texas (USA), March 2005.

    Participation in academic committees
    Goethe University of Frankfurt – Social Sciences Faculty – Teaching and Study Committee (Lehr- und Studienausschuss)
    Goethe University of Frankfurt – Social Sciences FacultyQuality in Study and Teaching Committee (Ausschuss für Qualität in Studium und Lehre)


    Supervision of Doctoral Theses
    Claudia Christ, MA: Dezentralisierung der Bildung in den westlichen OECD-Staaten: Eine vergleichende Analyse der Ursachen und Formen (Decentralization of education in western OECD-countries: A comparative analysis of causes and forms)

    Manuel Vieira, MA: Situation und Entwicklung des Hochschulsystems in Angola – Folgen für den Arbeitsmarkt (Situation and development of the higher education system of Angola: Impact on the labour market)


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