Dr Alexandra Hennessy

Senior Lecturer
Department of Government
Dr Alexandra Hennessy



Before joining the Government Department Dr. Hennessy was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Rochester's Skalny Center, an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Clarkson University (NY), and an Associate Professor with tenure at Seton Hall University (NJ).


  • B.A./ M.A. (Diplom) in Social Sciences, Humboldt University Berlin, Germany

  • Ph.D. in Political Science, Boston University, Massachusetts


University of Essex

  • Co-convenor of speaker series, Government, University of Essex (17/9/2017 - present)

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Introduction to International Relations (GV103)

  • Comparative European Politics (GV952)


Journal articles (6)

Hennessy, A., (2017). Investing in Early Crisis Relief or Reelection?: Comparing German Party Responses to the Euro Crisis. German Politics and Society. 35 (3), 1-23

Hennessy, A., (2017). Good Samaritans vs. Hardliners: the Role of Credible Signalling in Greek Bailout Negotiations. JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies. 55 (4), 744-761

Hennessy, A., (2016). Inequality in the Workplace: Labor Market Reform in Japan and Korea. By Jiyeoun Song. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2014. 248p. $49.95.. Perspectives on Politics. 14 (02), 532-534

Hennessy, A., (2015). Skills and Inequality: Partisan Politics and the Political Economy of Education Reforms in Western Welfare States. By Marius R. Busemeyer. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2014. 326p. $99.00.. Perspectives on Politics. 13 (04), 1172-1174

Hennessy, A., (2014). Redesigning financial supervision in the European Union (2009–2013). Journal of European Public Policy. 21 (2), 151-168

Hennessy, A. and Steinwand, MC., (2014). The Sources of Pension Reforms in Western Europe: Domestic Factors, Policy Diffusion, or Common Shock?. International Interactions. 40 (4), 477-505

Books (1)

Hennessy, A., (2014). The Europeanization of Workplace Pensions. Cambridge University Press. 1107041058. 9781107041059

Book chapters (1)

Hennessy, A., (2015). informal governance and the Eurozone crisis. In: the european union beyond the crisis. Editors: Stefanova, B., . Lexington Books. 429- 446

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