Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science
Sigrun Kahl received her PhD from Humboldt University (Berlin, Germany) in 2006. She is interested in how religion became embedded into the institutions of the modern state, in particular how religion has influenced the welfare state. Her dissertation, “Saving the Poor: How Religion Shapes Welfare-to-Work Policy in Europe and the United States” shows the developmental ties between historically dominant Christian denominations (Catholic, Lutheran, Calvinist/Puritan) and contemporary welfare-to-work strategies in the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Denmark, Sweden, and Germany. Courses she teaches include “Welfare States Across Nations” and “Religion and Politics.”
- Kahl, Sigrun (2009) Christian Social Doctrines and Poor Relief: A Different Causal Pathway, in: Kees van Kersbergen and Philip Manow (eds.): Religion, Class Coalitions, and Welfare State Regimes, Cambridge University Press.
- Kahl, Sigrun (2005) The Religious Roots of Modern Poverty Policy: Catholic, Lutheran, and Reformed Protestant Traditions Compared, Archives Européennes de Sociologie (European Journal of Sociology), Vol. XLVI, 1, pp. 91-126.
- Kahl, Sigrun (with Willem Adema and Donald Gray) (2003) Social Assistance in Germany, Labour Market and Social Policy Occasional Papers No. 58, Paris: OECD.