Zohal Hessami is a Professor for Social Policy and Public Economics at the Ruhr-University Bochum, a CESifo Munich affiliate member and an IZA Bonn research fellow. She was elected as President of the European Public Choice Society in April 2022.
She visited Universitat Pompeu Fabra in 2014 and the University of Cambridge in 2013. She pursued her undergraduate studies at Maastricht University and Université de Montréal and received her Doctorate in Economics from the University of Konstanz in 2011.
She studies policy-relevant topics such as political business cycles, determinants of individual voting behavior, political selection, (local) public finances, and consequences of European integration and globalization. Her research has been widely published in journals such as the American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, Review of Economics and Statistics, European Economic Review, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization.