Stefanie Egidy is a post-doctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods in Bonn, Germany. Her research examines how democratic states and their institutions react to pressure and change. It explores how to safeguard the resilience of the constitutional and administrative order with a special focus on the behavior of public actors. This overarching theme connects the different core areas of her research. Major pieces of her recent work focus on the role of central banks within the separation of powers system and the challenges for democratic processes arising from technological developments. Stefanie often takes a comparative legal perspective and uses empirical methods.
Stefanie studied Law at the University of Würzburg (Germany) and the University of Bergen (Norway). In 2009, she graduated first in the federal state of Bavaria. Additionally, she holds a Diploma in European Law. She completed a Master of Laws (LL.M.) at Yale Law School in 2011. Subsequently, she was a visiting researcher at Yale Law School (2011–2012) and Arizona State University College of Law (2012–2013). Back in Germany, she pursued the mandatory two-year clerkship, during which she, i.a., clerked for the President of the German Federal Constitutional Court. She is admitted to the bar in Germany and the State of New York.
Stefanie completed her PhD in law at the University of Würzburg (Dr. iur.) summa cum laude in 2016. Her dissertation focuses on the constitutional implications of the financial crisis of 2007–2009 in Germany and the United States. For her Ph.D. thesis, she received several prizes, among them the “Deutsche Studienpreis” awarded by the Körber Foundation (Second Prize) as well as dissertation prizes by the Law Faculty of the University of Würzburg and the Bavarian America Academy.