Nikolas Keßels


Lansstraße 5-9
14195 Berlin



Graduate School of North American Studies, Freie Universität, Berlin, Member of the 2013-cohort and DFG-stipendiary at GSNAS. 

02/2012 - 04/2013

Harvard College Europe Program, Cooperation with the University of Freiburg, Course on “Foundations of Politics and Society in Europe” (Prof. Dr. Uwe Wagschal). 


Magister Artium, Final Grade 1,2 (equivalent to 4.0 GPA), Albert-Ludwigs-University, Freiburg, Political Science (maj.), German Literature (min.), History (min.). 


Advanced Training, Qualitative interview research (Dr. Jan Kruse), Freie Universität Berlin. 

2009 - 2011

Research College, Participant of the German National Academic Foundation’s social science research college on ”Conflict, Cooperation, and Democratization in Asia”. 

04/2009 - 12/2011

Stipendiary, German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung).

2007 - 2008

Exchange Year, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, Stipendiary of the Foundation of the state of Baden-Württemberg (Landesstiftung). 


Abitur, Erasmus-von-Rotterdam Gymnasium, Final Grade 1,8, Viersen. 


Work Experience and Internships

09/2012 - 08/2013

Research Associate, Chair for Political Science and Didactics (Prof. Dr. Monika Oberle) University of Göttingen, Jean Monnet Project on Life-Long Learning, financed by the European Union.  

02/2012 - 08/2012 

Graduate Research Assistant, Chair for International Relations, Department of Polit- ical Science, University of Freiburg (Prof. Dr. Jürgen Rüland). 

04/2009 - 01/2012  Student Assistant, Chair for International Relations, Department of Political Science, University of Freiburg (Prof. Dr. Jürgen Rüland). 
03/2009 - 09/2009 Student Assistant, Chair for the History of Romanic Western Europe, Department of History, University of Freiburg (Prof. Dr. Jörn Leonhard and Prof. Dr. Grabriele Lingelbach). 
10/2008 - 03/2009  Faculty Advisor, National Model United Nations Project 2009, Chair for International Relations, Department of Political Science, University of Freiburg, supervision of the delegation in New York. 
07/2008 - 08/2008

Internship, Assistant Attaché at the Permanent Representation of the Federal Republic of Germany to the United Nations, New York, Grant by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). 

03/2007 - 04/2007 

Internship, German Bundestag (Parliament), MP Uwe Schummer.

10/2006 - 03/2007 

National Model United Nations, Member of the Delegation of the University of Freiburg in New York.

2003 - 2004 

Free-Lancing, Westdeutsche Zeitung, Viersen, Krefeld.


Internship, Stern Magazine, Hamburg.


Internship, Aachener Nachrichten with subsequent employment as free-lancer. 


Languages and Skills

German Native
English Advanced (TOEFL IBT 116)
French Basic (A2 CEFR)
Latin Advanced Proficiency Certificate
Web CMS set-up and mantenance with Wordpress and Typo 3
Software Office, LaTeX, R, MAXQDA


The subprime-mortgage-induced global financial crisis has made the headlines as the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. Although the crisis’ social and political implications bear little resemblance to the 1930s, its socio-economic turbulences endure still today. As a reaction to the crisis, the G20 decided in 2009 to establish the Financial Stability Board (FSB) and my dissertation will reflect on its influence on transatlantic regulatory cooperation concerning trade in financial services.

The FSB has been designed as a full-fledged international organization. What differentiates it from other organizations is its membership. Regulatory agencies like SEC and the FSA have their own representation next to the European Commission, the Heads of the G20 Treasury Departments and networks like IOSCO and the IASB. Even though the FSB’s resolutions are non-binding, Timothy Geithner ambitiously described it as adding “in effect, a fourth pillar to the architecture of cooperation we established after the Second World War.” Political Science research has not yet properly reflected whether, and if so, to what extent this particular composition has an impact on the negotiations of standards. To position transatlantic regulatory cooperation on a range from discord via mutual recognition and policy convergence to harmony, I will use interviews, green and white books, legal texts and comments, input by private and public stakeholders, documentations of parliamentary debates, and reports of regulatory agencies. My cases will include the regulation of trade in derivatives, high frequency trading, resolution authority, and shadow banking. Crossing my qualitative findings with quantitative data on product performance, I will establish whether or not regulation has a comparable influence on market behaviour on both sides of the Atlantic. In an anarchic world, in which market size still counts as the hallmark for a state’s ability to avert regulatory adjustment costs, I assume that the FSB has considerable influence on regulatory coordination between the United States and the European Union.

Dahlem Research School
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft