Dr. Natascha van der Zwan is a tenured Assistant Professor in Public Administration at Leiden University. She does comparative and historical research on financialization and the welfare state, pension investment rules and regulations, and pension fund capitalism. Her work has been published in, among others, Socio-Economic Review, New Political Economy, Journal of Modern European History, and by Amsterdam University Press. She is an Editorial Board member of the journal Competition & Change.
Her article “Making Sense of Financialization” (Socio-Economic Review, 2014) is a key publication in scholarship on financialization. It is one of the most cited papers on financialization and it is widely used in university courses. Dr. Van der Zwan is one of the co-editors of the forthcoming International Handbook of Financialization (Routledge, expected summer 2019) and serves as an external advisor to several national and international research projects and organizations.
In her home country of the Netherlands, Dr. Van der Zwan is a recognized expert on private pensions. She regularly advises politicians and policymakers on pension policy and she is a frequent contributor to the public debate on the future of the Dutch pension system.
Dr. Van der Zwan holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the New School for Social Research. From September 2018 until February 2019, Natascha van der Zwan held the Instituut Gak Fellowship at the Netherlands Institute of Advanced Study in Amsterdam.