Michael M. Bechtel is SNSF Professor of Political Science and a member of the Swiss Institute for International Economics and Applied Economic Research. His research explores how countries can design policies to successfully address international economic and environmental problems. Current projects examine mass support for global climate cooperation, the politics of natural disasters, and policy responses to economic crises. Much of his current work uses original survey and behavioral data in combination with experimental designs and causal inference techniques to study solutions to major policy challenges. Bechtel’s articles have appeared in leading political science and multidisciplinary science outlets such as American Journal of Political Science, International Organization, Journal of Politics, and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. He has authored and co-authored two books on the politics of financial markets and received research grants from the Swiss National Science Foundation, the Swiss Network for International Studies, and the German National Merit Foundation (~$2.3 million in total). He has been a visiting researcher at New York University, Stanford University, Yale University, and other academic institutions. Bechtel holds a BA in Political Science, Economics, Law, and Philosophy (University of Freiburg, 2003), an MA in Political Science, Economics, and Public Law (University of Freiburg, 2005), a PhD in Political Science (University of Konstanz, 2008), and a Habilitation in Political Science (ETH Zurich, 2012). Prior to his academic career, Bechtel served as a professional soldier and infantry officer in the German armed forces.
Michael Bechtel will join the Department of Political Science at Washington University in St.Louis in 2016.