Alex Mierke-Zatwarnicki

Alex Mierke-Zatwarnicki

PhD Candidate in Government
AMZ

My research focuses on the historical evolution of ideology and electoral politics in advanced democracies, particularly Canada, the United States, and Western Europe. I'd be happy to advise theses on broadly related topics including political parties, voting decisions and patterns, electoral systems, left and right, the relationship between electoral politics and policy, and the role of ideas in politics. I also have specific substantive expertise on regionalist parties in Europe and Canada, drug policy in the United States, and the history and evolution of the left in Western democracies. Methodologically, I'm a pluralist, and would be happy to supervise theses using qualitative or quantitative methods (or both), experiments, or surveys, all of which I have substantial experience with in my own work! I've been a TF for Gov 20 (Intro to Comparative Politics), Gov 1190 (Politics of Europe), and Gov 1270 (Government and Politics of Modern Japan), and am in the process of supervising one thesis that focuses on health policy in the United Kingdom. Typically I meet with my advisee once every two weeks to check in and provide support through the research and writing process.

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