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Research Scholar


Research Profile

Michael Schwan studied Political Science, Sociology, Econmics and Geography in Marburg, Lucerne and Cologne. After obtaining his M.A. degree in fall 2014, he joined the Cologne Graduate School as PhD fellow. In his dissertation, he has been working on questions dealing with the financialization of political economies. Specifically, Michael is interested in the role that various forms of debt play for the increasing influence of financial markets on both economy and society. He has completed projects on the financialization of regions in the European Union and changes in sovereign debt management of OECD countries, while currently focusing on the transformation of savings banks. 

Research Interests

  • European Integration
  • International/Global and Comparative Political Economy
  • Financialization
  • Political Theory



Where States and Markets Meet. The Financialisation of Sovereign Debt Management. New Political Economy, forthcoming (together with F. Fastentrath and C. Trampusch).*


Staatskapitalismus in NRW und Bayern. Der Aufstieg und Fall von WestLB und BayernLB. Zeitschrift für Vergleichende Politikwissenschaft 8(2), 129-54 [State Capitalism in North Rhine-Westphalia and Bavaria. The Rise and Fall of WestLB and BayernLB] (together with C. Trampusch and B. Linden).*

Talks and Presentations


Council for European Studies (CES), Philadelphia


German Political Science Association (DVPW), University of Duisburg-Essen

Council for European Studies (CES), Sciences Po, Paris

Research Network “European Integration and the Global Political Economy” (EIGPE), Paris


DVPW Section of Political Economy, WSI Dusseldorf

Grants and Awards


Research Network EIGPE, Annual Best Paper Prize

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Conference Travel Grant


Cologne Graduate School (CGS), full PhD scholarship, granted by the University of Cologne


Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, (under-)graduate scholarship, granted by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)