Kathrin Zippel studies political sociology, gender, organizations, globalization, welfare states, Germany and the European Union. Her current research explores the globalization of science, focusing on the mobility of academics and international research collaborations.


Zippel is currently working on a book manuscript tentatively entitled Globalization of Science: Gender and Mobility. The book explores the intersection of two important processes: first, how gender relations are being reconfigured in global science and second, how universities are changing due to the international positioning of US science. The research has been funded in part by the National Science Foundation (see grant info below).

Zippel has been co-principal investigator for a project entitled "Transatlantic Applied Research on Gender Equity Training (TARGET): Restructuring of Modern Knowledge Economies and Management," funded by the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung TransCoop program (2010-13). The German partners include Susanne Baer, judge of the Federal Constitutional Court in Germany and professor of law at Humboldt University, Berlin; and Paula Irene Villa, professor of sociology and gender studies at Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich. The U.S. partner is Myra Marx Ferree, Alice H. Hook Professor of Sociology and director of the Center for German and European Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison (55,000 Euro).

Zippel has been an affiliate of the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies since 2002, where she co-chairs the Gender, Politics and Society study group. She was a visiting scholar there in 2007-08.

Recent Projects & Publications

Zippel served as co-principal investigator and research director of the Northeastern University ADVANCE project Advancing Women within Interdisciplinary and International Networks, funded by the National Science Foundation ($3.69 million, five year grant), 2008-2011 (HRD #0811170). The research has explored the gender gap in international research collaboration. In 2009, Zippel was the chair of the Northeastern University Strategies and Tactics for Recruiting to Improve Diversity and Excellence (STRIDE) Committee, named and adapted after STRIDE at the University of Michigan.

In 2009-2011, Zippel was PI of a NSF funded project exploring incentives and barriers to international collaboration by U.S. academics. The project included an invited international workshop in June 2010 in Washington, D.C. (Grant No. OISE-0936970, $141,515):


Zippel received her master of arts in sociology from the Ohio State University and her doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She was a post-doctoral fellow at the European Union Center for New York and taught in the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. She taught as a lecturer at the University of Bremen in Germany, and was a visiting assistant professor of social studies at Harvard University (2004-2006). She served as Lehrstuhlvertretung (acting chair of sociology) for Professor Dr. Ulrich Beck at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich from May-August 2010.

Zippel has also received numerous fellowships:

  • Marshall-Monnet Scholar in Residence, European Center for Excellence, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Visiting researcher, Wissenschaftszentrum für Sozialforschung (Social Science Research Center) in Berlin, Germany (invited by the Center's president)
  • DAAD-AICGS research fellow, German Academic Exchange Program, American Institute for Contemporary German Studies, Washington, D.C.
  • Postdoctoral fellow, European Union Center of New York, Columbia University
  • Doctoral fellow, The European Union Center of Excellence, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Visitor, Institute for European Politics and Integration, University of Athens
  • Visiting researcher, The European University Institute, Florence, Italy

Zippel has taught courses on social policy and welfare states; (transnational) social movements; gender equality politics; gender, work, and globalization; gender and work in the United States; globalization of science; the European Union; and research design and methodology.

Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Northeastern University
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