Dr. Seraphine F. Maerz

Chair of Political Sciences with a Focus on Qualitative Empirical Social Research

Faculty of Social Sciences
Department of Political Science
Goethe University Frankfurt/Main

Theodor-W.-Adorno-Platz 6
60323 Frankfurt am Main


E-Mail: maerz[at]soz.uni-frankfurt.de

Office hours: Please write me an e-mail

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Vita

For a detailed CV and more information see here.

Since Aug. 2021

Research Fellow, Principal Investigator, Goethe University Frankfurt am Main (Germany), Institute of Political Science, Chair of Prof. Dr. Wagemann, project leader for project funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG): 'Smart Authoritarianism? Comparing the Internet Strategies of Authoritarian Regimes'.


Oct. 2019 - Aug. 2021

Assistant Professor, University of Gothenburg, Department of Political Science, Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) Institute, research focus on the project 'Endangered Democracies: Sequences of Autocratization'.


Sept. 2018 - July 2019

Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow, Bard College Berlin, Lehrveranstaltungen zu quantitativen Methoden, Einführung in die Programmiersprache R, Forschungsdesign, Autoritarismus.


Oct. 2017 - Sept. 2018

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Guest Lecturer, University of Freiburg, Germany, Department of Political Science, Instructor for courses on authoritarianism and qualitative methods, Erasmus coordinator.


Sept. 2014 - Dec. 2017

PhD in Political Science ('summa cum laude'), CEU Budapest, Hungary, Comparative Politics Track, Minor in Methods, dissertation: 'The Many Faces of Authoritarian Persistence'.


Research and Teaching Interests
  • comparative politic
  • political communication
  • democratization
  • autocratization, authoritarianism
  • Internet politics
  • Central Asia and Russia
  • qualitative and quantitative methods
  • computational methods


Publications

Peer-Reviewd Journals


  • Matthew C. Wilson, Juraj Medzihorsky, Seraphine F. Maerz, Anna Lührmann, Patrik Lindenfors, Amanda B. Edgell, Vanessa A. Boese, and Staffan I. Lindberg. Episodes of liberalization in autocracies: A new approach to quantitatively studying democratization. Political Science Research and Methods (PSRM), forthcoming.
  • Edgell, Amanda and Vanessa A. Boese and Seraphine F. Maerz and Patrik Lindenfors and Staffan I. Lindberg. "Establishing pathways to democracy using domination analysis." British Journal of Politial Science, Online First, 2021. Access here.
  • Amanda B. Edgell, Jean Lachapelle, Anna Lührmann, and Seraphine F. Maerz. Pandemic Backsliding: Violations of Democratic Standards During Covid-19. Social Science and Medicine, 285, 2021. Access here.
  • Boese, Vanessa A. and Amanda B. Edgell and Sebastian Hellmeier and Seraphine F. Maerz and Staffan I Lindberg. "How democracies prevail: democratic resilience as a two-stage process." Democratization, 28(5), 2021. Access here.
  • Maerz, Seraphine F. 2020. “The Many Faces of Authoritarian Persistence. A Set-Theory Perspective on the Survival Strategies of Authoritarian Regimes." Government and Opposition, 55(1): 64-87. Access here.
  • Maerz, Seraphine F. and Carsten Q. Schneider. 2019. "Comparing Public Communication in Democracies and Autocracies - Automated Text Analyses of Speeches by Heads of Government." Quality and Quantity, 54: 517-545. Access here.
  • Maerz, Seraphine F. 2019. “Simulating Pluralism: The Language of Democracy in Hegemonic Authoritarianism." Open Access in Political Research Exchange. Access here.
  • Maerz, Seraphine F. 2018. “Ma'naviyat in Uzbekistan: An Ideological Extrication from Its Soviet Past?" Journal of Political Ideologies, 23 (2): 2015-222. Access here.
  • Schneider, Carsten Q., and Seraphine F. Maerz. 2017. “Legitimation, Cooptation, and Repression and the Survival of Electoral Autocracies." Zeitschrift für Vergleichende Politikwissenschaft 11(2): 213–35. Access here.
  • Maerz, Seraphine F. 2016. “The Electronic Face of Authoritarianism: E-Government as a Tool for Gaining Legitimacy in Competitive and Non-Competitive Regimes." Government Information Quarterly 33(4): 727–35. Access here.


Policy Papers and Other Publications

  • Amanda B. Edgell, Matthew C. Wilson, and Seraphine F. Maerz. Episodes of Regime Transformation: Assessing Democratization and Autocratization since 1900. APSA - Comparative Politics Newsletter, Spring 2021. Access here.
  • Alizada, Nazifa and Rowan Cole, Lisa Gastaldi, Sandra Grahn, Sebastian Hellmeier, Palina Kolvani, Jean Lachapelle, Anna Lührmann, Seraphine F. Maerz, Shreeya Pillai, and Staffan I. Lindberg. Autocratization Turns Viral, Democracy Report 2021.V-Dem Institute, 2021. Access here.
  • Seraphine F. Maerz, Anna Lührmann, Sebastian Hellmeier, Sandra Grahn, and Staffan I. Lindberg. State of the World 2019: Autocratization Surges - Resistance Grows. Democratization, 27:6, 2020. Access here.
  • Anna Lührmann, Seraphine F. Maerz, Sandra Grahn, Nazifa Alizada, Lisa Gastaldi, Sebastian Hellmeier, Garry Hindle, and Staffan I. Lindberg. Autocratization Surges - Resistance Grows, Democracy Report 2020. V-Dem Institute, 2020. Access here.
  • Anna Lührmann, Amanda B. Edgell, and Seraphine F. Maerz. Pandemic Backsliding: Does Covid-19 Put Democracy at Risk? Policy Brief 23, V-Dem Institute, 2020. Access here.
  • Amanda B. Edgell, Sandra Grahn, Jean Lachapelle, Anna Lührmann, and Seraphine F. Maerz. An Update on Pandemic Backsliding: Democracy Four Months After the Beginning of the Covid-19 Pandemic. Policy Brief 24, V-Dem Institute, 2020. Access here.
  • Palina Kolvani, Martin Lundstedt, Seraphine F. Maerz, Anna Lührmann, Jean Lachapelle, Sandra Grahn, and Amanda B. Edgell. Pandemic Backsliding: Democracy and Disinformation Seven Months into the Covid-19 Pandemic. Policy Brief 25, V-Dem Institute, 2020. Access here.


Book Chapters and Reviews

  • Maerz, Seraphine F. and Cornelius Puschmann. "Automated Content Analysis for Conflict Research: A Literature Survey." Book chapter in: Deutschmann E., Lorenz J., Nardin L., Natalini D., Wilhelm A. (eds) Computational Conflict Research. Computational Social Sciences. Springer, Cham. Open Access, download here.
  • Seraphine F Maerz. 2019. Book review: Rollberg, Peter Laruelle, Marlene (eds.), Mass Media in the Post-Soviet World. Market Forces, State Actors,and Political Manipulation in the Informational Environment after Communism. Stuttgart: Ibidem-Verlag, 2018. Europe-Asia Studies 71(5): 863-865.


R-Packages

  • Seraphine F. Maerz, Amanda B. Edgell, Sebastian Hellmeier, and Nina Ilchenko. Vdemdata - an R package to load,explore and work with the most recent V-Dem (Varieties of Democracy) dataset. Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) Project, 2020. Access here.
  • Seraphine F. Maerz, Amanda B. Edgell, Joshua Krusell, Laura Maxwell, Sebastian Hellmeier, and Nina Ilchenko. ERT - An R package to load,explore, and work with the Episodes of Regime Transformation (ERT) dataset. Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) Project, 2020. Access here.
  • Seraphine F. Maerz. An R package to Assist with Automated Data Collection and Analysis (audacola), 2020. Access here.

Contact

Prof. Dr. Claudius Wagemann

Professor of Political Science
with a focus on Qualitative Empirical Social Research

Faculty of Social Sciences
Institute of Political Science
Goethe University Frankfurt/Main
post office box 39
Theodor-W.-Adorno-Platz 6
60323 Frankfurt am Main
Germany

Room: PEG Builing, 3rd floor, room 124
Phone: +49 69 798 36647  
E-Mail: wagemann[at]soz.uni-frankfurt.de

Administration office:

open office hours:

Tuesday 1 - 3 p.m.
Friday 9 - 11 a.m.
Room:  PEG, 3rd floor, room 107
Phone: +49 69 798 36510
E-Mail: methoden-qualitativ[at]soz.uni-frankfurt.de


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