Anke Kessler is a Full Professor of Economics at Simon Fraser University, and an Associate in the Institutions, Organizations & Growth Program of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR). She completed her Ph.D. in Economics at the University of Bonn (1996). She worked as an Assistant Professor at the University of Bonn from 1997-2002, and has been at Simon Fraser University since 2003. Her research interests are governance and the structure of public institutions, federalism, and political economy.