Honorary Doctorates

The degree of Doctor of Political Science or Doctor of Economics is awarded honorarily for outstanding services to political science or economics or to public welfare or economic practice.

Honorary doctorates in economics and political science

Subject area Honorary Doctor Year
Political Science

Prof. em. Wolf Linder, University of Bern

With the award of an honorary doctorate, the University of St.Gallen is honouring Wolf Linder's outstanding achievements over decades of institutional and personal commitment to democracy research, conflict resolution and Swiss political science.


Prof. Silvana Tenreyro, Ph.D., London School of Economics

Silvana Tenreyro is a leading scholar in macroeconomic topics such as monetary policy and international economics. She puts academic insights into practice in impressive ways. Silvana Tenreyro is a role model of how to combine the highest academic achievements with active contributions to economic policy committees.


Prof. Andrea Prat, Columbia University

With this honorary doctorate, the University of St.Gallen honors his achievements in research on the impact of mass media as well as the regulation of the media market, considering its role in the democratic process.

Political Science

Prof. Charles A. Kupchan, Georgetown University

He is a distinguished scholar with numerous and often cited contributions in the most important political science journals, as well as the author of a number of important monographs published by the most prestigious university presses.  But he also embodies the kind of subject matter expert who has no fear of contact with the world of political practice. The University of St. Gallen thus honors his services in promoting international peace and security through his contributions to science, politics and diplomacy.


Prof. Susan Carleton Athey, Ph.D., Stanford University Graduate School of Business

The University of St.Gallen honors her achievements in research on the economic analysis of digital transformation and the development of machine learning methods for causal analysis with an honorary doctorate.


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