About us

The department's management, coordination and administration of its resources and activities is carried out by the department management, especially in the field of teaching. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about the department.

Head of the Department

Head of Department Vice Head of Department

Prof. Dr. Silja Häusermann
Room: AFL-H-314

Prof. Dr. Stefanie Walter
Room: AFL-H-312

Prof. Dr. Silja Häusermann

Stefanie Walter

The department's head is responsible for the strategic management of the department, as well as for its representation against faculty and university management and the public. The head of the department has a deputy, the vice head of the department. The department's conference is headed by the department's head, who is also responsible for the department's budgets, and the distribution of resources within it. In cooperation with all the professors of the department, it is responsible for the IPZ's study programs. The department's management is involved in chair planning as well as in the preparation of appointments. The department management is appointed for a term of four years at the request of the extended department management.

Study program management

Prof. Dr. Marco Steenbergen

The study program management is responsible for the conception, development and profiling of the study offer in all formats of the study program and supervises the quality of the teaching in the study programs. The study program manager is the contact person of the Office of Student Affairs (Studiendekanat). It is supported by the managing director of the IPZ as well as the Departments's teaching team, consisting of the study program coordinator, the exams coordinator, and the mobility coordinator.

Managing Director

Dr. Petra Holtrup Mostert
Room: AFL-H-318

Dr. Petra Holtrup Mostert

As Managing Director, I support the Institute's Board of Directors in its strategic and planning responsibilities. My main task is the organizational management of the institute and its, central processes.

My tasks include:

  • Strategic support of the directorate in the institute management in all matters
  • Head of the institute administration
  • Conceptual planning and processing of the institute's goals in research & teaching & finances according to the mission statement & strategy
  • Coordination of curricular planning & coordination with overall budget & personnel controlling
  • Acquisition of third-party funds (faculty, UZH central, external)
  • Maintenance of international contacts
  • Reporting to directorate and other boards
  • Head of controlling, finances and personnel management for the institute
  • Responsibility communication IPZ & public relations
  • Quality assurance and evaluation

Human Resources & Controlling

Administrative Management:

Maja Müller

Room: AFL-H-320

  • Financial controlling of the Department
  • Administration of externally funded projects
  • Assistant to the Managing Director
  • Deputy Personnel Manager


Secretariat of the Institute and of all Chairs

The Pool Secretariat (sekretariat@ipz.uzh.ch) is the central contact point of the Department of Political Science. Maja Müller and Samantha Held are responsible for all kinds of requests and information. Students are kindly asked to consider the opening hours.

  • General administration work
  • Mail
  • Scheduling, administration of meeting rooms
  • Key management, material management, labeling
  • Financial administration
  • Organization of meetings, events and travels
  • Media enquiries
  • First point of contact for employees in organizational matters
  • Care of international academic guests and lecturers


Samantha Held

Room: AFL-H-320

  • Organization of conferences and workshops
  • Support OLAT platform for lecturers

Human Resources & Finances

Susanne Arlt

Room: AFL-H-319

  • Personnel Manager IPZ
  • Administration, planning and information tasks: uniform personnel and resource controlling and information to chair holders
  • Contact person for external offices (especially Human Resources, Accounting, Legal Services, Office of Economics and Labor, Migration Office)

Research & Teaching

Administrative Management:

Dr. Hanno Degner

Room: AFL-H-316

  • Study Program Coordination
  • Academic advising BA/MA
  • Course budget, course planning & teaching assignments
  • Curriculum development and quality management

Assistance Study Program Coordination

Ksenia Steiner

Room: AFL-H-319

  • Administrative assistance of the Study Program Coordination
  • Course planning & teaching assignments
  • Publication of the semester offer in the course catalogue (VVZ)
  • Room and resource management, incl. finances
  • Campus management
  • Assistance to external lecturers

Exam Coordination & Internship Programs

Naome Czisch

Room: AFL-H-316

  • Entire examination coordination
  • E-Learning Coordinator
  • Examination dispensations, appeals & deadline extensions
  • Admissions & degrees
  • Qualification work
  • Subject bans
  • Internship program
  • Alumni Network

Coordination International Studies / Counseling Exchange Students (In & Out)

Julia Ramseier

Room: AFL-H-317

  • Organizational management of the mobility program of the IPZ
  • Strategic support of the Study Program Directorate & Coordination for the internationalization strategy of the IPZ
  • Mobility advising for Bachelor and Master students
  • Signing of learning agreements (incoming/outgoing)
  • Examination of dossiers for the recognition of external study achievements
  • Maintaining contacts with partner universities and developing this network
  • Transfer of credits

IT and infrastructure

Administrative Management:

Przemyslaw Schmidt

Room: AFL-H-348a

  • IT manager of the IPZ
  • First- and second-level support for employees
  • IT consulting for the various professorships and research areas
  • Support of employees as required
  • Supervision and support of IT projects
  • Procurement of hardware and software
  • Administration of the department accounts, including user accounts and email addresses
  • Telephony (Telecom delegate)

IT Support

Daniele Azzarito

Room: AFL-H-348a

  • First- and second-level support for employees
  • IT consulting for the various professorships and research areas
  • Support of IT projects
  • Administration of the department accounts, including user accounts
  • Telephony (Telecom delegate)
  • Website, Newsletter & Social Media