Zsófia Barta is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science. Her research and teaching interests are in the areas of comparative political economy and comparative public policy. Her main research area is the politics of public debt, covering diverse aspects of public finances from societal conflicts surrounding austerity to the influence of the markets for government debt on policy choice. Dr. Barta's book, 'In The Red: The Politics of Public Debt Accumulation in Developed Countries' (Michigan 2018) explores variation in countries' ability to control their debt. The book won honorable mentions for APSA’s European Politics and Society Section Best Book Award and ISA’s International Political Economy Annual Best Book Award. (Listen to a Rhodes Center podcast discussing the book.) Dr. Barta is currently working on a manuscript exploring the influence that sovereign credit rating agencies exercise over politics and policy choice in developed democracies. She published the first results of this project in a series of journal articles in Comparative Political Studies and the Journal of European Integration among others. At Rockefeller College, Dr. Barta teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in comparative public policy, public finances and the welfare state. 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.