Areas of Expertise

  • French politics and society
  • Immigration, migration, and integration
  • Similarities and differences among political parties
  • Problems associated with representation of interests
  • The development of established democracies (Western Europe, the US)


German, English, French

Sabine Russ-Sattar has been an associate fellow at DGAP since October 2013. She became a professor of comparative political science at the University of Kassel in 2005. In addition to her professorship, she is a peer reviewer for institutions including the DAAD and Deutsch-Französische Hochschule (DFH).

Previously, Russ-Sattar spent several years as an academic assistant, teaching at the Freiburg Seminar for Political Science as well as studying and researching in New York and Washington, DC. She was awarded her habilitation from the University of Freiburg in 2003 on the basis of her comparative study entitled “Interest Representation as a Construct: Weak Interests within the Force Field of Modern Democracies, with the Case of the Homeless in France and the United States as an Example.” She had earned her PhD there in 1993 with a thesis on “The Republic of Officeholders: Legislative Reforms of Political Financing in France, 1988–1990.”

Russ-Sattar also studied political science, history, and Romance languages at the University of Freiburg, University of Clermont Auvergne, and Institut d’Etudes politiques in Paris. During her studies, she contributed to local newspapers and radio stations as a freelance journalist.