Prof. Dr. Nathalie Behnke

Nathalie Behnke is full professor and head of the working group on 'Public Administration, Public Policy' at the Institute of Political Science at the Technical University of Darmstadt.

She was born in 1973 in Tübingen. She studied political science at the Universities of Bamberg and Bologna. During her studies, she received a scholarship from the 'Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes'. She received her doctoral degree at the Distance Learning University of Hagen on the issue of 'Ethics in Politics and Administration'. In 2009, was appointed as full professor of empirical social research at the University of Bochum; in 2010 she was appointed as full professor of public administration at the University of Konstanz; in 2018, she was appointed to her current position.

Her research focus is located at the interface of empirical public administration research, comparative federalism and multilevel governance. Currently, her special interest is on the role of senior civil servants in everyday coordination and negotiation processes of federal units in political decision-making. In former projects, she investigated accommodation policies in divided societies, the reform of fiscal federalism in Germany, dynamics of federal constitutional reforms and the function of ethics in politics and administration.

She publishes, among others, in 'Publius: The Journal of Federalism', 'Regional and Federal Studies', 'European Journal of Political Research'. Beyond publishing journal articles and edited volumes in English and German, she contributed to several text books on methodology of empirical social research and co-edited a number of Special Issues.

In 2012, she was elected as a judge in the constitutional court of Baden-Württemberg. She is a member of the advisory board of the journal 'Regional and Federal Studies' and of the editorial board of the journal 'Publius: a journal of federalism'.


Prof. Dr. Nathalie Behnke

Technische Universität Darmstadt
Institut für Politikwissenschaft

S 4|23 Raum 204
Landwehrstraße 48a
D-64293 Darmstadt

Dolivostraße 15
D-64293 Darmstadt

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