About

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 have worked at the Research Centre for East European Studies at the University of Bremen.

My research focuses on parties, 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. This includes an emerging 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’s Monkey Cage blog, The Conversation, 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

  • Publicize or Perish: Challenger Party Success through Megaphones and Locomotives. Accepted for publication in the European Journal of Political Research, with Jan Fabian Dollbaum
  • The activist personality: Extraversion, agreeableness, and opposition activism in authoritarian regimes. Accepted for publication in Comparative Political Studies, with Graeme Robertson
  • Russische Oppositionelle: ‘Wie naiv wir damals waren’, Neue Zürcher Zeitung am Sonntag, 18 June 2022
  • Navalny: Putin’s Nemesis, Russia’s Future? Now available as an e-book with Oxford Scholarship Online.