Mathias Poertner

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Ruth Berins Collier and Thad Dunning (co-chairs); Leonardo Arriola, Pradeep K Chhibber, David Collier, Edward Miguel
Methodology & Formal Theory
Latin America
Academic Subfields: 
Comparative Politics

Graduate Students

Personal Statement: 

Mathias Poertner is a Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley, a Research Associate at the Center on the Politics of Development (CPD), and a Research Fellow at the Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS).

He studies comparative politics and research methods and his research interests include political parties, political participation and representation, democratization, political economy of development, multi-method research, and causal inference. His dissertation, Creating Partisan: New Political Parties and Societal Organizations, 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 dissertation, he works on several projects that further explore issues of political economy of development and how political identities, participation, and representation are shaped by social movement organizations and political parties. His previous work has appeared in Political Parties 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).

Prior to moving to Berkeley in 2011, Mathias received a M.A. in International Affairs from the School of International Service at American University and his B.A. in Political Science and Law from the University of Bremen (Germany). He also holds a M.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley.

 Curriculum Vitae


Primary Subfield: 
Comparative Politics
Secondary Subfield: 
Methodology & Formal Theory
Latin America