"I really enjoy the multinational working and research environment with highly qualified and open-minded fellow students from all over the world." Behnaz Gholami, CDSB

Alison Schultz


Alison graduated from University of Mannheim with a B.Sc. in Economics with a minor in Political Science and from University of Kassel with a M.A. in Global Political Economy. During her studies, she worked as a teaching assistant for the M.A. Global Political Economy, as a research assistant at the International Center for Development and Decent Work (University of Kassel) and at the Chair for Political Sociology (University of Mannheim). Interning for a Brussels-based industrial lobby she has gained practical experience and alarming insights about the overwhelming power of the financial lobby in influencing financial market regulation. She further interned at a Bolivian NGO and worked for a small Mannheim-based NGO. She offers political education at vocational schools and coordinates a German-wide project for Global Learning.

Research Interests


Financial regulation

Real effects of financial markets

Why I chose the University of Mannheim and in particular the GESS

Having studied different disciplines during my bachelor and master program, I am convinced of the GESS' interdisciplinary approach. I always benefit from exchanging views with friends from other fields, I enjoy learning from different disciplines and discuss alternative scientific approaches. I think the financial system can only be understood by combining insights from, at least, economics, psychology, sociology and political science.

The best part of being a doctoral student here

… are my fellow students.

A description of my fellow students

Interested, interesting and fun.


Alison Schultz receives a stipend from the foundation “Geld und Währung”.