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Otto Kienitz

PhD Candidate
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PhD Candidate
Personal Statement

Otto Kienitz is a PhD student in Comparative Politics at the University of California, Berkeley.

His research interests include the historical comparative study of democracy, democratization, and democratic institutions in post-Communist Europe and Eurasia with a particular focus on domestic Russian politics; as well as the development and manipulation of electoral systems; authoritarian regime dynamics; and the historical legacies of imperial democratization and pre-democratic coalitions.

Prior to attending Berkeley, he received his B.A. (Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude) in History with a Minor in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania, and an M.A. in Russian and Eurasian Studies from the European University at St. Petersburg (Russia).

He enjoys music, soccer, and modernist art and literature, and comes from a family of musicians, educators, and writers.

Please see ottokienitz.com for more details.

Personal Statement

Otto Kienitz is a PhD student in Comparative Politics at the University of California, Berkeley. His research interests include the historical comparative study of democracy, democratization, and democratic institutions in post-Communist Europe and Eurasia with a particular focus on Russian politics; as well as the development and manipulation of electoral systems; contemporary regime dynamics; and the historical legacies of imperial democratization.

Prior to attending Berkeley, Otto received his B.A. (Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude) in History with a Minor in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania, and an M.A. in Russian and Eurasian Studies from the European University at St. Petersburg.

See previous academic papers: berkeley.academia.edu/ojk