Wolfgang Merkel is Director of the Democracy and Democratisation research program at the Social Science Research Centre Berlin (WZB) and Professor of Political Science at the Humboldt University Berlin.
Merkel, who was a student at the Johns Hopkins University SAIS Europe from 1981 to 1982, has held visiting faculty positions and research fellowships at Harvard University, Sidney University, Complutense University in Madrid, Fundación Juan March Madrid, Santiago di Compostela, Spain. He is a member of a number of key bodies, including the prestigious Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, and is also a non-party member of the Basic Values Commission of the Executive Committee of the German Social Democratic Party (SPD).
His recent books include: The Struggle over borders: Cosmopolitanism and Communitarianism (with de Wilde, Koopmans, Merkel, Strijbis, Zürn, Cambridge University Press, 2019); Democracy and Crisis: Challenges in Turbulent Times(with Sascha Kneip, Springer, 2018); Handbook of Political, Social, and Economic Transformation (with Raij Kollmorgen and Hans-Jürgen Wagener, Oxford University Press, 2018). Merkel is also the author of more than 200 journal articles on issues of democracy and democratisation, 21st-century dictatorships, political parties, comparative public policy, the future of social democracy, welfare states and social justice.