Zsófia Barta will be joining the faculty of Rockefeller College at the University at Albany in fall 2013. Dr. Barta's research and teaching interests are in the areas of comparative politics, political economy and public policy, with particular focus paid to the societal origins of policy variation within political economy. Her main research area has been the politics of public debt accumulation, covering diverse aspects of public finances from societal conflicts surrounding austerity to the influence of market actors — primarily rating agencies — on fiscal policies. She is working on a book manuscript that explores the variations in countries' abilities to deal with excessive debt accumulation. At Rockefeller, Dr. Barta will teach undergraduate and graduate courses in comparative public policy, public finances and comparative national systems. She comes to the University at Albany after completing her PhD in European Political Economy at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Dr. Barta held a Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellowship at the European University Institute in Florence.
"Facing up to public debt: a societal-coalitions approach to the question of fiscal stabilization," (forthcoming)
"Rating politics — The political bias of rating agencies," (EUI Working Paper, 2012/08)
"Rating politics — The political bias of rating agencies," (public lecture given at the Central European University on January 16, 2012)
"When is debt a real menace? The political aspects of debt sustainability," (presented at the 2011 EUSA Conference in Boston)
"Rating agencies as enforcers: Do sovereign ratings respond to European fiscal surveillance?," (presented at the 2010 CES Conference in Montreal)
"Belgian public finances caught up in a war of attrition," (presented at the 2009 ECPR Conference in Potsdam)
"Belgium's fiscal performance in EMU — An unlikely success story of the EU's budgetary surveillance," with Waltraud Schelkle, (working paper published in the EU Newgov Project in 2008)