Nils Ringe

Position title: Associate Chair for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion | Professor | Robert F. and Sylvia T. Wagner Chair | Comparative Politics


Phone: (608) 263-2040

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Ph.D. in Political Science, University of Pittsburgh, 2006

M.A. in Political Science, University of Pittsburgh, 2003

B.A. in Political Science and History, Brandeis University, 2001

Research Interest:

Democracy, Comparative Institutions, Elections, Representation, Parties, Policy Making, Language and Politics, Populism, Social Networks, European Union, Western Europe, Germany


Nils Ringe is Professor, Robert F. and Sylvia T. Wagner Chair, and Associate Chair for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Department of Political Science. His research and teaching interests center on democratic political institutions, European Union politics, populism, elections, legislative politics, political parties, policy making, and political networks.

Ringe’s new book, “The Language(s) of Politics: Multilingual Policy-Making in the European Union” (Michigan University Press), was published in early 2022. It investigates the impact of politicians’ reliance on shared foreign languages and translation services on EU politics and argues that it depoliticizes policy-making by reducing its political nature and potential for conflict. He is also the editor of “Populists and the Pandemic: How Populists Around the World Respond to COVID-19” (Routledge, Extremism & Democracy Series, with Lucio Renno, University of Brasilia), which is based on a year-long lecture series sponsored by the Jean Monnet EU Center for Comparative Populism. The e-versions of both books were published open access and are available for free on the publishers’ websites.

Ringe previously published The European Union and Beyond: Multi-Level Governance, Institutions, and Policy-Making (ECPR Press/Rowman & Littlefield 2020; co-edited with Jae-Jae Spoon, University of Pittsburgh; winner of the 2021 Larry Neal Prize for Excellence in EU Scholarship), Bridging the Information Gap: Legislative Member Organizations as Social Networks in the United States and the European Union (University of Michigan Press 2013; with Jennifer N. Victor, George Mason University), and Who Decides, and How? Preferences, Uncertainty, and Policy Choice in the European Parliament (Oxford University Press 2010).

In past years, Ringe held a Jean Monnet Chair (2015-2021) and served as the Director of the Center for European Studies (2014-2021), the Jean Monnet European Union Center of Excellence (2015-2018) and the Jean Monnet EU Center of Excellence for Comparative Populism (2019-2022).


PS 340: The European Union, Politics and Political Economy Spring 2022-2023

PS 987: Comparative Colloquium Fall 2019-2020

PS 853: Comparative Political Institutions Fall 2019-2020

PS 120: Politics Around the World Summer 2019

PS 340: The European Union: Politics and Political Economy Spring 2018-2019

PS 120: Politics Around the World Spring 2018-2019

PS 120: Politics Around the World Fall 2018-2019

PS 120: Politics Around the World Summer 2018

PS 106: Politics Around The World Summer 2016-2017

PS 401: German Politics Fall 2016-2017

PS 338: The European Union: Politics and Political Economy Fall 2016-2017

PS 201: Comparative Regional Integration The European Union and Beyond Spring 2015-2016

PS 106: Intro to Comparative Politics Spring 2015-2016



Jean Monnet Chair


Vilas Mid-Career Travel Award

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