Dr. Alexander Schmotz
Alex is a postdoc in the Department of Global Governance since April 2023 and works on international drivers of democratic backsliding, primarily using quantitative methods. He has worked as a postdoc (2017-2022) and PhD candidate (2011-2014) in WZB’s democracy units, and at King’s College London as a postdoc in the ERC-project “International Dimensions of Authoritarian Rule”. He received his PhD from Berlin Graduate School of Social Sciences at Humboldt-University Berlin for a thesis on institutional sources of the survival of hybrid regimes. His work has appeared in Comparative Political Studies, the European Journal of Political Research, and Democratization, among others.
Critical Junctures and the Survival of Dictatorships. Explaining the Stability of Autocratic Regimes, funded by the German Science Foundation (DFG)
Participating scientists: Wolfgang Merkel, Christoph Stefes, Alexander Schmotz, Johannes Gerschewski, Dag Tanneberg