Bastian Herre is a second-year PhD student in the Department of Political Science at the University of Chicago. He studies the political economy of development and the politics of authoritarian regimes. His research interests include the institutional and economic legacies of colonialism, leadership succession in authoritarian regimes, the coalitional foundations of dictatorships, and their effect on economic reform.

Bastian holds Bachelor and Master degrees in Political Science and Economics from Heidelberg University, in his home country of Germany. During his Master’s, he spent a year as a graduate exchange student at Cornell University. He was a lecturer of Comparative Politics at Heidelberg University before coming to Chicago.