New Faculty Feature: Meet Visiting Professor Henrik Enderlein

January 30, 2013

There are more than 180 faculty members at Harvard Kennedy School, and every semester we are fortunate to welcome a few new ones.

We asked those joining us for this spring semester a few questions – about their research, their teaching, their other interests – so they could introduce themselves to the Kennedy School community in their own words.

Henrik Enderlein is the Pierre Keller Visiting Professor. He is a professor of political economy and economics at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, Germany. Until summer 2012 he held the positions as associate dean and program director master of public policy.

Q: What are your primary areas of research?

Enderlein: I’m interested in economic policy-making with a special focus on Europe, financial crises, and sovereign debt. Since the start of the crisis in 2007, it has been pretty much “research live”. The euro was the topic of my PhD thesis. Then looked for a second topic of research, totally unrelated to the euro, and started to work on sovereign debt. The euro-area crisis has brought both research topics together again.

Q: What courses will you be teaching?

Enderlein: The Euro-Crisis: Causes and Consequences. But I will be here this semester only, before returning to the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin.

Q: What attracted you to Harvard Kennedy School?

Enderlein: A natural choice - great students, a great university, a great city to live in. HKS is clearly the role model for all public policy schools. I wanted to experience it first hand. The strength of HKS is it's multi-disciplinarity.

Q: How can the work being done here at HKS help address some of the world’s most significant public policy challenges?

Enderlein: To me, one of the key current problems are (i) debt and (ii) the paradox that politics is national, but markets are global. We need policy leaders who understand the different dimensions of such challenges from different perspectives. Those are social, economic, legal, political, and cultural challenges. Approaching them from only one perspective will not lead to the right solutions.

Q: What are you currently reading?

Enderlein: The biography of Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow. Some people in Europe say we currently need a “Hamiltonian moment”. I agree. Looking at the great founding moment of the U.S. is a great lesson for anyone interested in the future of Europe today.

Also, my oldest son has discovered Tintin. I often steal the albums from his night table when he is asleep. The albums provide great insights into many aspects of the 20th century. And they are fun!

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Henrik Enderlein, Pierre Keller Visiting Professor

Henrik Enderlein, Pierre Keller Visiting Professor

"HKS is clearly the role model for all public policy schools. I wanted to experience it first hand," writes Enderlein.