Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Comparative Political Sciences and Political Systems of Eastern Europe

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Claudia-Y. Matthes


Department of Social Sciences
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Berlin
Tel: +49-30-2093-66544

Professional Positions
since March 2009

Senior Lecturer in field o fand Director of Studies of International MA-Programmes at the Department of Social Sciences of Humboldt- Universität zu Berlin

2006 – 2009                        

Director Office for Scientific Services, Coaching and Counselling, Teaching and Research for Universität Potsdam, Universität Bremen and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin


Speech Writer in the Administration of the German Bundestag, Office of the Speaker Mr. Wolfgang Thierse

2004 – 2005                        

Personal Aide to Vice-President for International Affairs and Public Relations of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Prof. Dr. Anne- Barbara Ischinger

2000 – 2004                        

Post-Doc at the Department of Social Sciences of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Prof. Dr. Helmut Wiesenthal, DFG-sponsored project „Transformation Governance“

1999 – 2000                        

Officer at Studienförderwerk Klaus Murmann der Stiftung der Deutschen Wirtschaft e.V.

1998 – 2000

Project- and Conference Management for Research Group on Northern European Politics (FOR:N) e.V.

Academic Education

Dr. rer. pol. at Freie Universität Berlin

1995 – 1998

PhD-student in the Graduate School „The New Europe. National and international Dimensions of institutional Change“ of Freie Universität and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin


Diploma in Political Science and Economics, Freie Universität Berlin

1988 – 1994

Student of Political Science and Economics, Freie Universität Berlin


International Experience


Visiting Scholar at Center for European Studies of University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill/USA, sponsored by Visiting Scholar Grant of UNC


Teaching Staff Exchange at Università degli Studi di Siena, sponsored by Erasmus Programme

since 2009

regular teaching obligations at Middle East Technical University, Ankara/Turkey


Field research in Hungary and Czech Republic for Universität Bremen for the project Reforming the Social Insurance Administration, financed by DFG

since 2006

regular field work trips to Poland

2001 and 2003

Fieldwork trips to Estonia, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Slovenia and Slovakia to investigate the governance of economic reforms for the project Transformation Governance, financed by DFG


Guest Researcher at Corvinus-University in Budapest and Institute for Political Studies of the Academy of Sciences in Warsaw, research on parliaments, financed by DFG


Summer school at University of Krakau, financed by DAAD


Intern NDR-Studio Riga including fieldwork for Diploma thesis on development of political parties in Latvia


Intern at Cooperation for Peace, The Baltic Centre Riga, study on privatisation policies in Latvia


University excursion to Lithuania and Latvia

Memberships and Activities in Academic Self-Administration
2015 - 2018

German Association of Political Science (Sec. Comparative Politics)

Forum Northern European Politics (FOR:N) e.V. 

German Society for East European Studies e.V. 

German-Turkish Society e.V.

Department Board, Department of Social Sciences

Examination Committee for International MA-programmes

Appointment Committees of the Department of Social Sciences

Accreditation Team for international programmes 

Working groups and steering committees on Internationalisation at HU Berlin

Topics in Teaching 

European Integration, comparative democracy studies, institutional and actor-centred approaches in political science, German Politics, memory politics and research design

Research Projects and Collaborations
2020 – 2023

Jean Monnet Module (project leader), sponsored by Erasmus+ Programme

2018 – 2020

“Peace Dialogue Campus Network: Fostering Positive Attitudes between Migrants and Youth in Hosting Societies” (Peacemakers) (project leader for HU) in collaboration with Koc University Istanbul (lead partner), Universidade Aberta, Universita di Bologna, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Gaziantep University, sponsored by Erasmus+ Programme, Key Action 2

2017 – 2020

Jean Monnet Network “Enhancing Visibility of the Academic Dialogue on EU-Turkey Cooperation” (VIADUCT), Universität Köln (Lead partner) and 39 partner institutions, sponsored by Erasmus+ Programme

2013 – 2015

Research Network Constitutional Politics, sponsored by DFG

since 2003

Member of expert network (country reports on Poland) of Bertelsmann-Foundation’s Sustainable Governance Indicator and Bertelsmann Transformation Index 


Problems of Post-Communism, International Journal of Finance & Economics, Polish National Science Center, Stiftung der Deutschen Wirtschaft e.V., several selection committees of HU’s International Office and for DAAD


Full Grant Visiting Scholar EU Center for European Studies at UNC/Chapel Hill 
Dissertation Scholarship by DFG as member of the Graduate School „The New Europe. National and international Dimensions of institutional Change“

Conference contributions and invited lectures (selection since 2011)

Die Transformation in Ungarn 1989 im Spiegel deutscher Medien, Goethe Institut Budapest


„Was heißt hier Werte? Die EU und Rechtsstaatlichkeit in Polen und Ungarn“, Europäische Akademie, Berlin


“The European Commission and Polish Civil Society - alternative Ways to handle the Rule of Law Procedure?”, ECPR Joint Session of Workshops, Mons


“Poland”, Regional Workshop, Meeting of BTI Experts 2020 in Bratislava


“Hands off the Constitution! The oppositional judges in Poland and their Struggle for Checks  and Balances”, ECPR General Conference, Hamburg


“Das „A(lternative)“ Polen und die EU”, DVPW-Kongress,         Frankfurt/Main


“Where is Europe heading? On old and new divides in times of (multiple) crises”, University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill


“The Political Impact of the Polish Constitutional Court”, Hungarian Academy of Sciences Centre for Social Sciences Institute for Legal Studies, Budapest


„Lettlands Demokratie. Zur politischen Dimension von Wirtschaftsboom und -krise“, Andrassy-Universität und Hannah-Arendt-Institut für Totalitarismusforschung, Budapest


“East-Central European Democracies Adrift? Trajectories and their Causes”, DVPW- Sektionstagung Vergleichende Politikwissenschaft, Hamburg


“Poland: The quality of government: Responsible versus responsive government”, 19th Annual Conference of the Central European Political Science Association, Prag


“The Case of Latvia”, Memorial Conference on the Victims of Dictatorship in the Soviet Union, Moskau


„Deutschland – eine geglückte Demokratie?“, Lettische Universität, Riga


“The State of Democracy and Governance in Poland”, 18th Annual Conference of the Central European Political Science Association, Pilsen


“How to explain the features of post-socialist party systems?”, Jean Blondel Seminars in Political Science, Università degli Studi di Siena


„Polens erste EU-Ratspräsidentschaft: Eine Einschätzung aus nordöstlicher Perspektive“, Forschungsgruppe Nordeuropäische Politik und Deutsche Gesellschaft für Auswärtige Politik