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 an affiliated researcher at the Research Centre for East European Studies at the University of Bremen.

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.

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 popular perceptions of regime responsiveness. My work has appeared in Perspectives on Politics, Post-Soviet Affairs, Social Movement Studies, and other places. It has recently been featured in the Washington Post and the Neue Zürcher Zeitung.

Together with Ben Noble and Morvan Lallouet I have recently 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.

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

  • Navalny: Putin’s Nemesis, Russia’s Future? Now available as an e-book with Oxford Scholarship Online.
  • Belarus vor dem Referendum 2022: Verfassungsreform und Protestbereitschaft. Belarus-Analysen Nr. 58, 23 December 2021, with Fabian Burkhardt
  • Protest event analysis under conditions of limited press freedom: Comparing data sets. In: Media and Communication, 9(4), 104–115.
  • 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