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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Comparative Politics

Dr. Johannes Gerschewski

Dr. Johannes Gerschewski
johannes.gerschewski (at) hu-berlin.de

Kultur-, Sozial- und Bildungswissenschaftliche Fakultät → Institut für Sozialwissenschaften → Vergleichende Analyse politischer Systeme
Visiting address
Universitätsstraße 3b , Room 416
Phone number
(030)2093 - 1694
(030)2093 - 1693
Mailing address
Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Berlin

Short Biography

Johannes Gerschewski is a lecturer (roughly equivalent to assistant professor) at the research and teaching area. Before joining the department in 2016, he was for six years a pre- and post-doctoral fellow at the Berlin Social Science Center (WZB). Johannes Gerschewski has received his Ph.D. from Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin in 2014 (“summa cum laude”). His dissertation has been nominated by the WZB for Leibniz-Prize, by the department for Humboldt-Prize, and has received in 2016 the Gero-Erdmann-Prize for best dissertation that is awarded biannually by the Comparative Politics section of the German Political Science Association. In 2013, he has won the “Frank Cass Award for Best Article by a Young Scholar” from the journal “Democratization”. With colleagues, he has founded in 2011 the Berlin Summer School in Social Sciences. In 2011 he was a visiting doctoral student at University of Oxford and in 2014 a Transatlantic Fellow at Harvard University. His research interests lies in comparing political regimes, democratization processes and research methodology. He works currently on a book manuscript on the stability of East Asia’s autocracies and deals with questions of legitimacy in young democracies and autocracies. Against this backdrop, his teaching might be of interest for students of democratizations and comparative methods.

Selected Publications

Gerschewski, Johannes, and Christoph Stefes, eds. Forthcoming. “Crisis in Autocratic Regimes”. Boulder: Lynne Rienner.

Gerschewski, Johannes. Forthcoming. “Analyzing Crises in Autocratic Regimes”. In ed Gerschewski, Johannes, and Christoph Stefes. Crisis in Autocratic Regimes. Boulder: Lynne Rienner.

Gerschewski, Johannes, and Alexander Dukalskis, eds. Forthcoming. “Legitimation in Non-Democracies”, Special Issue of Contemporary Politics.

Dukalskis, Alexander, and Johannes Gerschewski. 2017. “What autocracies say (and what citizens hear). Proposing four mechanisms of autocratic legitimation.” Contemporary Politics. [online first]

Thyen, Kressen, and Johannes Gerschewski. 2017. “Legitimacy and Protest under Authoritarianism. Explaining Student Mobilization in Egypt and Morocco during the Arab UprisingsDemocratization [online first].

Gerschewski, Johannes. 2017. “Die drei Säulen der Stabilität und das Überleben elektoraler Autokratien. Eine Replik.Zeitschrift für Vergleichende Politikwissenschaft. [online first]

Gerschewski, Johannes. 2015. “Pfadabhängigkeit in der Vergleichenden Politikwissenschaft“. In ed Kneuer, Marianne, Hans-Joachim Lauth, and Gert Pickel, Handbuch Vergleichende Politikwissenschaft. Wiesbaden: VS Springer.

Gerschewski, Johannes. 2013. “The Three Pillars of Stability: Legitimation, Repression, and Cooptation in Autocratic Regimes.” Democratization, 20, 1, 13-38. [Recipient of the 2013 Frank Cass Prize for the Best Article by a Young Scholar; #2 of most read article and #1 of most cited articles of Democratization in last three years]



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