Alex Mierke-Zatwarnicki

Alex Mierke-Zatwarnicki

PhD Candidate in Government
AMZ

My dissertation focuses on political parties in advanced democracies and how they’ve used “identity politics” to appeal to voters from the early 20th century to present. I’m broadly knowledgeable about electoral politics, parties, and voting in Western Europe, the United States, Canada, and Japan, both historical and contemporary. A particular interest and speciality of mine is the evolution of the left in the United States and Europe, and the rise and decline of class politics throughout the 20th century. I would be happy to advise any thesis focused on electoral politics in advanced democracies, whether the project is comparative or a single-country study. Topics could include political parties, voters’ decisions and voting patterns, electoral systems, the relationship of social organizations (such as churches and unions) to electoral politics, the politics of left and right, the relationship between electoral politics and policy, substate nationalism, class politics, and/or the role of ideas in politics. Methodologically, I'm a pluralist, and would be happy to supervise theses using qualitative methods (e.g. interview, archival research), quantitative methods (e.g. statistical models, text analysis), 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), Gov 1270 (Government and Politics of Modern Japan), and GENED 1052 (Race in a Polarized America). I previously supervised one thesis that focused on health policy in the United Kingdom; I met with my advisee approximately once every two weeks to check in and provide support through the research and writing process. I am happy to meet with you regularly throughout all stages of the thesis process so we can work together to help you narrow your research question, develop a research method and plan, conduct primary research, and write-up the findings into a compelling final thesis!