Ralph Schoellhammer, PhD

Ralph Schoellhammer, MA
 Faculty Member
 Coordinator of the ECON Reading Group






ORCID:  orcid icon  http://orcid.org/0000-0002-7011-6696


Courses taught at WVPU

Undergraduate Courses

  • FRSH 1200 First Year Seminar
  • HRTS 1100 Introduction to Human Rights
  • POLT 2500 Interdisciplinary Approach to Politics: Globalization
  • ECON 3100 Issues in Economics: Institutional Economics
  • ECON 4900 History of Economic Though


  • Ph.D. Political Science, University of Kentucky, expected 2019
  • M.A. Political Science, University of Kentucky, 2013
  • M.A. Economics, Vienna University of Business and Economics

Background and Facts

Ralph Schoellhammer, MA is currently a faculty member in the International Relations & Business and Management Department at Webster Vienna Private University. He is also an affiliated researcher with the Danube University Krems. Additionally, Ralph works as a consultant for the Austrian Federal Chancellery’s Division III: Civil Service and Administrative Innovation that deals with the reforming and modernizing the Austrian public service. Before joining Webster Vienna he worked as a financial markets analyst for the Austrian Central Bank and in the private banking sector. Ralph writes occasionally for Austrian and international newspapers like Die Presse, der Standard, Wiener Zeitung, The Atlantic Sentinel, or Eutopia.

Ralph Schoellhammer's research interests are at the intersection of economics and political science, with a special emphasis on human behavior. One of his central research questions is to describe a concept of human nature that can serve as a heuristic device in several social sciences and bridges the gap that exists for example between Evolutionary biology, psychology, psychiatry, anthropology, sociology, history, and economics that largely live in “inglorious isolation” from one another (in the words of Cosmides et al. in their The Adapted Mind: Evolutionary Psychology and the Generation of Culture). This idea of conceptual or vertical integration attempts to make the disciplines within the behavioral and social sciences should make themselves reciprocally consistent, and brought in line with the findings we have from the natural sciences.

This leads to another one of his research interests, which is the generation of culture and its influence on economic and political institutions. More precisely, these interests are based on Political Theory and Political Psychology with an emphasis on the emergence and decline of patterns of morality and how these patterns influence the performance of institutions. Related to this research Ralph also serves as an officer for the Austrian Society for New Institutional Economics (ASNIE).  

Research Interests

  • History of Economic and Political Thought
  • Macroeconomics and Public Policy
  • Behavioral Economics
  • Moral and Political Psychology
  • New Institutional Economics
  • Political Theory (Especially 19th and 20th century)

Selected Media


Schöllhammer, R. (2015). 1215-2015: Magna Carta and the Birth of Liberty. Eutopia - Ideas for Europe, 2015.

Schöllhammer, R., & Parycek, P. (2014). Technology and the Competition between Democracy and AutocracyEutopia - Ideas for Europe, 2014(3).


Die falsch verstandene Natur der Hellas Krise - Die Presse, May 6, 2015

Russlands Hauptproblem ist nicht der Westen - Die Presse, December 18, 2014

Asiens geleasete Stabilität - Wiener Zeitung, September 10, 2014

German Ideological Revival Polarizes Western Politics - The Atlantic Sentinel, March 5, 2013

Germany’s Merkel Dominates Preelection Polls - The Atlantic Sentinel, January 15, 2013

Hezbollah and the War in Lebanon - AIES Newsletter (in German) 2006

Other Media

Demokratien sind Dreckig - Interview, Der Standard, January 11, 2015

Selected Publications

Peer Reviewed Publications

Höchtl, J., & Parycek, P., & Schöllhammer, R. (2016). Big data in the policy cycle: Policy decision making in the digital era. Journal of Organizational Computing and Electronic Commerce, 26(1-2), 147-169. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10919392.2015.1125187

Parycek, P., & Schöllhammer, R., & Schossböck, J. (2015). Emotions and E-participation of Young People: A Preliminary Study. Proceedings from HICSS: 48th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (pp. 2415-2424). Kauai, HI. http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/HICSS.2015.289

Book Chapters

Schoellhammer, R. (2015). Before Participation: Emotions and Politics. In P. Filzmaier, & P. Plaikner, & C. Hainzl, & K. Duffek (Eds.), Jugend und Politik Generationendialog oder Gesellschaftskonflikt? (pp. 11-21). Wien: Facultas Verlags- und Buchhandels AG.

Schoellhammer, R. (2015). Governmental Ideation Systems. In M. Škerlavaj, & A. Carlsen, & A. Dysvik, & M. Černe, Capitalizing on Creativity at Work: Fostering the Implementation of Creative Ideas in Organizations. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar. http://www.e-elgar.com/shop/capitalizing-on-creativity-at-work

Conference Papers

Schöllhammer, R. (2015). Diversität und Multikultur als Chance und Herausforderung. In Proceedings from eEducation Sommertagung (pp. 184-193), Vienna, Austria.

Parycek, P., & Schöllhammer, R., & Goraczek, M. (2015). Utopia Internet - Any Freedom Left? In NÖ Forschungs- und Bildungsges.m.b.H & Donau-Universität Krems (Ed.), Glücksbilder. Die Wirklichkeit der Utopien. Proceedings from Symposium Dürnstein, Austria.


Schoellhammer, R. (2014, March). Review of the book [Theorizing Society in a Global Context, by A.S. Krossa]. Journal Of Common Market Studies, March 2014, 52(2): 436-443. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jcms.12125_8

Schoellhammer, R. (2013, May). Review of the book [Kant and Cosmopolitanism: The Philosophical Ideal of World Citizenship, by P. Kleingeld]. CHOICE, May 2013. http://dx.doi.org/10.5860/CHOICE.50-5273

Schoellhammer, R. (2007, June). Review of the book [Europe and the Middle East in the Shadow of September 11, by R. Youngs]. Journal of Common Market Studies, June 2007, 45(2): 520-520. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-5965.2007.00720_6.x

Working Papers

Schöllhammer, R. (2007). The Global War Against Terrorism (AIES working paper).