Department of Political Science


Dr Gerda Hooijer

Lecturer  in Comparative Political Economy
3.07, 36-38 Gordon Sq.
Email: g.hooijer@ucl.ac.uk

I am a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Comparative Political Economy at the Department of Political Science at University College London (UCL). Before joining UCL, I was a postdoctoral fellow at the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance at Princeton University. I hold a DPhil (PhD) in Politics from the University of Oxford.


My research interests include comparative political economy, comparative social policy, and immigration. I have a long-held interest in the effects of immigration on voters’ support for the welfare state. In my recent work, I also examine the role of racial-ethnic legacies in the politics of immigration.

  • ‘“They Take Our Houses”: Benefit Competition and the Erosion of Support for Immigrants’ Social Rights’. British Journal of Political Science. Forthcoming. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0007123420000150
  • ‘The Critics of Welfare: From Neoliberalism to Populism’ (with Desmond King). In The Oxford Handbook of Welfare States (Second Edition). Forthcoming.
  • 2015. ‘European Welfare States and Migrant Poverty. The Institutional Determinants of Disadvantage’ (with Georg Picot). Comparative Political Studies, 48(14), 1879-1904. https://doi.org/10.1177/0010414015597508
  • For more information, see: https://www.gerdahooijer.com/research/

I am interested in teaching courses on Comparative Political Economy, the Politics of Redistribution, the Politics of Immigration, and Research Design.