Prof. Dr. Sabine Ruß-Sattar

Associate Fellow, Franco-German Relations Program

Areas of Expertise

  • French politics and society
  • Immigration, migration, and integration
  • Similarities and differences among political parties
  • Problems associated with representation of interests
  • The development of established democracies (Western Europe, the US)


English, French



Sabine Russ-Sattar has been an associate fellow at the DGAP since October 2013. She became a professor of comparative political science at the University of Kassel in 2005. She studied political science, history, and Romance languages at the Universities of Freiburg im Breisgau, Clermont-Ferrand, and the Institut d’Etudes politiques in Paris, while contributing to local newspapers and radio stations as a freelancer. She earned her doctoral degree in 1993 from the University of Freiburg with a thesis on “The Republic of Officeholders: Legislative Reforms of Political Financing in France, 1988–1990.”

This was followed by several years of teaching as an academic assistant at the Freiburg Seminar for Political Science as well as study and research in New York and Washington DC. She was awarded her postdoctoral qualifications for a professorship (habilitation) in 2003 from the University of Freiburg on the basis of her comparative study entitled “Interest Representation as a Construct: Weak Interests within the Force Field of Modern Democracies, with the Case of the Homeless in France and the United States as an Example.”

In addition to her professorship, she is active as a peer reviewer for the DAAD and the Deutsch-Französische Hochschule (DFH), among others.



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Selected Publications

Return of the absent
Tunisians in Europe facing political transition
by Claire Demesmay, Sabine Ruß-Sattar, Katrin Sold
Revue des mondes musulmans et de la Méditerranée 144, November 2018, pp. 191-210
This article explores the impact of the events of 2011 in North Africa (MENA) on Arab diasporas. This exploratory case study of the Tunisian expatriate communities in the immediate aftermath of the turmoil maps the changes in their associative networks and activities in France, Italy and Germany – the three principal European destinations for Tunisian migrants.
Category: Migration, Tunisia