Department of Political Science, Queens College

Christa Altenstetter
Professor Emeritusaltenstetterphoto
Ph.D., University of Heidelberg


Curriculum Vitae

Christa Altenstetter is Professor of Political Science at The City University of New York’s (CUNY) Graduate Center and Queens College.  Her teaching and research focus on the politics of healthcare reform in comparative perspective, the European Union, including European integration, and comparative public (health) policy.  She is currently working on a cross-national project entitled the Consequences of Globalization for Regulatory Policy on Medical Devices: Bridging International and National Levels of Policymaking in the European Union, Japan and the United States.

Professor Altenstetter is the author of numerous articles and books, including Medical Technology in Japan: The Politics of Regulation (2014), Medical Devices: European Policy Making and the Implementation of Health and Safety in France (2008), Health Policy Reform, National Variations and Globalization (1997, edited with James Warner Björkman), and Comparative Health Policy and the New Right. From Rhetoric to Reality (1991, edited with Stuart C. Haywood).

She is the founder of a Study Group (SG 19) on Comparative Health Policy within the International Political Science Association (1982) and later served as President of what became the IPSA Research Committee 25 Comparative Health Policy (RC 25) until 2006 within the International Political Science Association (IPSA). RC 25 established a research link to the major international and national health databases and websites.

Contemporary Western Europe (PSCI 234 and 781) and Western Europe in World Politics (PSCI 257 and PSCI 783).