Margit Mayer teaches American and comparative politics at the Freie Universität Berlin. Her research focuses on comparative politics, urban and social movements. She has published on various aspects of contemporary urban politics, urban theory and (welfare) state restructuring, much of it in a comparative prospective. Currently, she is co-editing a book on neoliberalising cities and contestation, as well as writing a monograph on urban social movements and the state (Wiley-Blackwell). She has served on the board of the Transatlantic Graduate Program “Berlin–New York”, as editorial board member of the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research and as trustee of the Foundation for Urban and Regional Studies. She is co-author of Nonprofits in the Transformation of Employment Policies (Westfälisches Dampfboot, 2004), co-editor of Urban Movements in a Globilizing World (Routlegde, 2000) and of Politics in European Cities (Birkhäuser, 1993). Mayer is also author of Social Movements in the (Post-)Neoliberal City, edited by Jesko Fezer, Bedford Press, 2010.