Martin Seeleib-Kaiser

Barnett Professor of Comparative Social Policy and Politics, University of Oxford

Martin Seeleib-Kaiser studied Political Science, American Studies and Public Law at Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich (Germany) (MA 1989; Dr phil 1993) and was awarded the venia legendi in political science (habilitation) by Bremen University (Germany) (2001).

Prior to his appointment at Oxford in 2004, he held appointments at the Universities of Bremen and Bielefeld (Germany) as well as Duke University (North Carolina, USA). He was a visiting scholar/guest professor at George Washington University (USA; 1996), Shizuoka University (Japan; 1997) and Aalborg University (DK; 2008).

Seeleib-Kaiser has held various administrative and management positions in academia; from 2011 to 2015 he served as Head of Department.

His research focuses on the politics of social policy and comparative social policy analysis. He has worked on the relationship between globalization and welfare systems, political parties and the welfare state, the interplay between ‘public’ and ‘private’ social protection policies and associated processes of dualization and more recently on social rights of EU citizens and youth outsiderness.

Seeleib-Kaiser’s research has been funded by the Anglo-German Foundation, the British Academy, the ESRC, the European Commission, the European Trade Union Confederation, the Fritz Thyssen Foundation, the German Research Foundation and the Hans Böckler Foundation. He has also advised a number of governments and the EU Commission.


  • –present
    Barnett Professor of Comparative Social Policy and Politics , University of Oxford