Sidney Rothstein

Haverford College

Sidney Rothstein is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science at Haverford College. Rothstein studies the political economy of wealthy democracies in comparative perspective, focusing particularly on Europe and the United States. His research examines the politics of the digital transformation, seeking to explain how the transition to the knowledge economy reshapes relationships of power, and patterns of inequality, in different countries. In his work, Rothstein has taken up these questions by tracing how tech workers develop novel power resources to defend against mass layoffs, and, in a new project, by tracing how tech employers shape countries’ policies for governing the labor market. His research has appeared in Socio-Economic Review, Studies in American Political Development, and Perspectives on Politics. Rothstein holds a BA in Political Science from Reed College and a PhD in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania.

He is a 2017-2018 participant in AICGS’ project “A German-American Dialogue of the Next Generation: Global Responsibility, Joint Engagement,” sponsored by the Transatlantik-Programm der Bundesrepublik Deutschland aus Mitteln des European Recovery Program (ERP) des Bundesministeriums für Wirtschaft und Energie (BMWi).

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