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Matthew Stenberg

392 Social Sciences Building
Office Hours
Fall 2021: Monday, 10:15-11:15 (in person), Tuesday, 4-5 (online)
Personal Statement

I am a Ph.D. candidate in comparative politics whose main research interests are on local and subnational politics, European multi-level governance and the European Union, post-Socialism, administrative capacity, and Central Europe I am also pursuing Berkeley's interdisciplinary designated emphasis in Global Metropolitan Studies. My dissertation work focuses on post-Socialist Central European political development and democratic backsliding; I am especially interested in the impacts of the multilevel nature of contemporary European politics on the backsliding and autocratization processes, focusing specifically on European and local level politics. I did fieldwork in Germany on a research grant from the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst and in Brussels at CEVIPOL at ULB.

Prior to enrolling at Berkeley, I completed a Master's Degree in International Relations and European Studies from Central European University in Budapest and a Master's of Public Policy from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. I did my undergraduate degree in history at the University of Tulsa. At Berkeley, I founded the European Politics Working Group in the Institute for European Studies and am affiliated with the Berkeley Program in Eurasian and East European Studies at the Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies.

Dissertation Committee Chair
Christopher Ansell
Primary Subfield
Comparative Politics
Public Policy & Organization
Western Europe
Eastern Europe