I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Chicago and currently a Visiting Scholar at the Instituto Tecnólogico Autónomo de México.

My research focuses on the political economy of development and the comparative politics of democratic and authoritarian regimes, especially the origins and consequences of differences in political elites.

In my dissertation, I investigate how the economic ideology of heads of government and their social support affects redistributive economic policy and civil conflict in democracies and dictatorships. I combine a global statistical analysis from 1945 to 2017 based on self-collected, comprehensive data on ideology and novel data on social support with a comparative case study of 20th century Mexico and Spain based on archival research and elite interviews.

In a separate project, I study the causes and effects of coup d'états based on self-collected data on the identity and rank of all coup leaders from 1950 to 2018.

I received a Master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Political Science and Economics from Heidelberg University, Germany. I was a lecturer of Comparative Politics at Heidelberg University before coming to Chicago.

Personal website: www.bastianherre.com