Kristina Weissenbach (Ph.D. Political Science, 2012, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany) is an Affiliate Professor for Political Science at the University of Washington. She is an Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Research Unit at the NRW School of Governance, Institute for Political Science, University of Duisburg-Essen (Germany).
She headed multiple research projects in the field of political parties, campaigning and political communication in Germany as well as in comparative perspective. Her primary research interests include the organization and institutionalization of political parties, party assistance and institutions in new democracies (with a focus on sub-Saharan Africs), the political system of Germany, political communication (esp. campaigning and television debates).
Her research has been presented on various national and international conferences, including MPSA, SPSA, IPSA, ECPR, as well as the German DGFP and DVPW conferences and is published in books, edited volumes and journals. Her dissertation on the party assistance by the German political foundations in Kenya and South Africa has been published with Springer, just recently she co-authored a book on the organization and internal decision-making processes of the German political parties.
Currently, she organized a research group on "The Digitalization of political parties (DIPART)" at the University of Duisburg-Essen (funded by the Ministry for Culture and Science NRW, 2018-2022) and is heading a research project entitled "New Parties in Germany and Europe" as well as on "The institutionalization of the Europarties". First outcomes are published in the co-authored chapter with Zoe Lefkofridi "The institutionalization of new parties in Greece: (How) does it matte for success? in: Harmel, Robert / Svasand, Lars G. (2019): Institutionalisation of Political Parties. Comparative Cases, ECPR Press/Rowmann&Littlefield, as well as in her co-edited Special Issue of the journal Comparative Governance and Politics (ZfVP) on "Different Worlds of Party Development. Comparative Analyses of the Institutionalization of Political Parties in Democracies".