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Methodology & Formal Theory
Mathias Poertner is the Evidence in Governance and Politics (EGAP) and the Center on the Politics of Development (CPD) post-doctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley. He recently received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Berkeley.
He studies comparative politics and research methods and his research interests include political parties, political participation and representation, democratization, race/ethnicity, political economy of development, and political methodology. His book project, Creating Partisans: The Organizational Roots of New Parties in Latin America, examines the emergence and institutionalization of new political parties in Latin America and explores the role that different types of societal linkages play in mobilizing voters and creating partisan identification.
Beyond his book project, he works on several projects that further explore issues of political accountability and identity construction in developing countries as well as attitudes and behavior toward immigrants. His previous work has appeared in Political Analysis as well as other journals.
His research has been supported by the Institute of International Studies (IIS), the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment (IRLE), the Center on the Politics of Development (CPD), and the Graduate Division at the University of California, Berkeley as well as the National Science Foundation (NSF), the U.S. Department of Education (ED - FLAS), the University of California Institute for Mexico and the United States (UC MEXUS), the Tinker Foundation, and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University.
He has also served as an International Election Observer for the Organization of American States (OAS) and worked on evaluations of governance, social justice, and conflict programs of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES).