Seraphine F. Maerz
Seraphine is a PhD candidate at the Doctoral School of Political Science, Public Policy and International Relations (Comparative Politics Track). Her main research interests include the persistence of authoritarianism in Central Asia and beyond, legitimation in authoritarian regimes, institutional change and regime change. She is trained in qualitative and quantitative methods and is currently working with set-theoretic approaches and quantitative text analysis. Seraphine has recently published in the peer-reviewed journals Government Information Quarterly and ZfVP (Comparative Governance and Politics, co-authered with Carsten Q. Schneider) and has an article forthcoming in the Journal of Political Ideologies.
At CEU, Seraphine further worked as a research assistant for a project on Uzbek online politics. She also acted as a teaching assistant in the IR course "Central Asia: Local Politics, Regional Dynamics, and the Geopolitics of Energy" (Fall Term 2015) and assisted the PolSci course "Studies in Comparative Politics" (Winter Term 2016). In June 2016, she graduated from the CTL Program for Excellence in Teaching in Higher Education. Seraphine is currently teaching as a Guest Lecturer at the University of Freiburg and will be a research associate of the University of Freiburg's department of Political Science (Prof. Dr. Diana Panke) from January 2018 onwards.
Before coming to Budapest, Seraphine completed a master's degree in Central Asian Studies as well as a master's degree in European Studies with a major in Political Science. In between, she worked for a political foundation in Germany (Heinrich Böll Stiftung, Berlin) where she was in charge of projects related to the foundation's work in India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. During her studies, she gathered further work experience as an intern at the German Embassy in Kathmandu (Nepal) and conducted several months fieldwork in Central Asia.