Henriette Rytz is a researcher at the German Institute for international and Security Studies (SWP), a Berlin-based foreign-policy think tank, and a PhD candidate in the political science department at the Free University of Berlin. As a member of SWP’s research division, ‘The Americas,’ her areas of expertise include U.S. domestic politics and U.S. foreign policy, immigration and diasporas in the U.S., and the role of cultural identities in international relations.
Ms. Rytz holds a bachelor’s degree in ‘European Studies’ from the University of Osnabrück and a master’s degree in ‘International Relations’ from the Free University of Berlin, Humboldt University Berlin, and University of Potsdam. After her studies, she consolidated her strong interest in American politics by working as a Lantos/Humanity in Action Congressional Fellow in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2006. In her dissertation under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Thomas Risse, Ms. Rytz scrutinizes the role of ethnic interest groups in U.S. foreign-policy making, with a particular focus on the Cuban-American community. In 2009/2010, she conducted research towards her dissertation as an International Fox Fellow at Yale University. Ms. Rytz’ professional experience also includes working as a project manager and research assistant at SWP Berlin.
During her DAAD/AICGS Fellowship in September and October, Ms. Rytz will explore the differences and commonalities of ethnic political activism in foreign-policy making in the United States and Germany. In particular, she will compare the different attitudes towards immigration and their implications for the political participation of immigrants in the foreign-policy realm.
Made possible by the support of German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) with funds from the German Foreign Office (Auswärtiges Amt - AA)