I’m a post-doctoral research fellow at the Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy (SOCIUM) at the University of Bremen, working on a comparative project on protest dynamics in Germany as part of the Research Institute on Social Cohesion (Forschungsinstitut Gesellschaftlicher Zusammenhalt). I am also an Associated Junior Fellow at the Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg (Institute for Advanced Study, HWK) and an affiliated researcher at the Research Centre for East European Studies at the University of Bremen.

My research focuses on contentious politics and social movements in Eastern and Western Europe, with a special focus on the long-term interactions between protest and politics across different regime types. In parallel, I am developing a research program on political representation under adverse political and economic circumstances. My work has appeared in Perspectives on Politics, Post-Soviet Affairs, Social Movement Studies, and other places. It has been featured in the Washington Post and the Neue Zürcher Zeitung am Sonntag.

Together with Ben Noble and Morvan Lallouet I have co-authored a book on Navalny’s politics and his movement for a broad, non-specialist readership. It has been published in English with Hurst Publishers (UK) and with Oxford University Press (US), as well as in several translations.

In my PhD, defended in January 2020, I compared trajectories of local protest institutionalization in authoritarian regimes – on the example of the ‘For Fair Elections’ protest cycle in four Russian regions. My academic book project is an extension of this work.

I have been a visiting researcher at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill, working with Graeme Robertson, and at the Higher School of Economics, Moscow.

To advance the Open Science movement in the social sciences, I’m a curator of protest data at Discuss Data.

Feel free to get in contact at: dollbaum [at] uni-bremen [dot] de

Recent publications

  • A Generalizing Approach to Protest Event Detection in German Local News, accepted for publication in the Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation, 2022, with Gregor Wiedemann, Sebastian Haunss, Priska Daphi and Larissa Meier
  • Belarus Votes – Or Not: Lukashenka’s Constitutional Reform from the Public’s Perspective, ZOiS Spotlight, 16 February 2022, with Fabian Burkhardt (German version here)
  • Navalny: Putin’s Nemesis, Russia’s Future? Now available as an e-book with Oxford Scholarship Online.
  • Alexei Navalny was poisoned one year ago. His fate tells us a lot about Putin’s Russia. The Monkey Cage, 20 August 2021, with Ben Noble and Morvan Lallouet