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Seraphine Maerz

PhD in Political Science
Central European University

Seraphine Maerz received her PhD in Political Science from the Central European University, Budapest, in December 2017. She is currently a postdoctoral research associate at the Department of Political Science of the University of Freiburg and will join Bard College Berlin for the next academic year (2018/2019). Seraphine completed a Master’s degree in Central Asian Studies (HU Berlin) and a Master’s degree in European Studies and Political Science (Viadrina, Frankfurt/Oder). Beside various work experience and a short research stay at UC Berkeley, she conducted several months of fieldwork in Central Asia.

Seraphine’s research concentrates on the survival strategies of authoritarian regimes in Central Asia and beyond. She is particularly interested in how autocratic leaders use the Internet to justify and stabilize their rule. She is trained in qualitative and quantitative methods and is currently working with set-theoretic approaches, quantitative text analysis, and other computational methods. For a detailed CV and updates about ongoing research projects, visit her personal homepage here.

  • Maerz, Seraphine F. 2018. "The Many Faces of Authoritarian Persistence. A Set-Theory Perspective on the Survival Strategies of Authoritarian Regimes", Government and Opposition, Online FirstAccess here.
  • Maerz, Seraphine F. 2018. “Ma’naviyat in Uzbekistan: An Ideological Extrication from Its Soviet Past?” Journal of Political Ideologies 23(2): 2015-222. Access here.
  • Schneider, Carsten Q., and Seraphine F. Maerz. 2017. “Legitimation, Cooptation, and Repression and the Survival of Electoral Autocracies.” Zeitschrift für Vergleichende Politikwissenschaft 11(2): 213–35. Access here.
  • Maerz, Seraphine F. 2016. “The Electronic Face of Authoritarianism: E-Government as a Tool for Gaining Legitimacy in Competitive and Non-Competitive Regimes.” Government Information Quarterly 33(4): 727–35. Access here.

Further links
Personal website

Dr. Seraphine Maerz
Political Science
Email: s.maerz@berlin.bard.edu