Cornelia Woll is President of the Hertie School and Professor of International Political Economy. Woll came to the Hertie School in 2022 from Sciences Po in Paris, where she had served in many roles since 2006, including President of the Academic Board (since 2020), Professor of Political Science, Co-Director of the Max Planck Sciences Po Center (MaxPo), and as a researcher at the Centre for European Studies and Comparative Politics (CEE).
Her research focuses on the international political economy and economic sociology, in particular regulatory issues in the European Union and the United States. A specialist on business-government relations, she is the author of The Power of Inaction: Bank Bailouts in Comparative Perspective (Cornell, 2014) and Firm Interest: How Governments Shape Business Lobbying on Global Trade (Cornell, 2008). Other work has examined economic patriotism, trade and industrial policies, Europeanisation and employers' organisations.
During her years at Sciences Po since 2006, she also served as Vice President for Studies and Academic Affairs (2015-18), founding co-director of the Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Evaluation of Public Policy (2011-14) and Associate Dean for Research (2008-12). She held the Alfred-Grosser Visiting Chair at the Goethe University Frankfurt in 2018. In 2011/12, she was on leave at the Center for European Studies at Harvard University.
Woll holds a habilitation in political science from the University of Bremen (2013), a bi-national PhD from Sciences Po and the University of Cologne (2005), and an MA and a BA in international relations and political science from the University of Chicago. Her dissertation was awarded the Lipset Prize of the Society for Comparative Research and an Otto-Hahn Award of the Max Planck Society. In 2006, she was the laureate of the Akademiestipendium of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften).