Bastian Herre is a third-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. He researches the coalitional foundations of political regimes, especially dictatorships, their origins in economic inequality and international alliances, and their effect on economic policies. He also investigates the consequences of malapportionment for political representation.

Bastian holds a Master degree in Political Science from the University of Chicago and Bachelor and Master degrees in Political Science and Economics from Heidelberg University, Germany. He spent a year as a graduate exchange student at Cornell University, and was a lecturer of Comparative Politics at Heidelberg University before coming to Chicago.