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 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.
- Jakli, Laura, and Matthew Stenberg. 2021. “Everyday Illiberalism: How Hungarian Subnational Politics Propel Single Party Dominance.” Governance 34(2), 315-334. (doi: 10.1111/gove.12497)
- Bosilca, Ruxandra, Matthew Stenberg, and Marianne Riddervold. 2021. “Copying in EU security and defense policies: The case of EUNAVFOR MED Operation Sophia.” European Security 30(2), 218-236. (doi: 10.1080/09662839.2020.1845657)
- O’Dwyer, Conor and Matthew Stenberg. 2021. “Local-Level Democratic Backsliding? Right-Wing Regime Consolidation in Hungary and Poland.” Government & Opposition (doi: 10.1017/gov.2021.12)
- Posch, Konrad and Matthew Stenberg. 2019. “Play Your Role: A Policymaker Simulation to Ground East Asian International Relations,” Journal of Political Science Education, Online First (doi: 10.1080/15512169.2019.1635024)