People

Organizers

Fabio Angiolillo

Fabio is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at V-Dem Institute, Gothenburg University. He received his PhD from the University of Hong Kong (HKU), and held visiting positions at the Department of Government at Cornell and Freiburg University.

His research interests center on comparative politics, political institutions, authoritarian regimes, and political behaviour, combining quantitative methods, panel data, automated text analyses, and natural experimental research designs.

Felix Wiebrecht

Felix is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the V-Dem Institute at the University of Gothenburg. He received his PhD in Government and Public Administration from The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2022.

His research focuses on authoritarian politics, institutions, and policy-making processes as well as democratization and autocratization mechanisms, globally and with a regional focus on China/Asia. His work has been published in journals including Policy & PoliticsDemocratization, and Global Media and China.

Emilia Simison

Emilia is a Post Doctoral Fellow at the Center for Inter-American Policy and Research (CIPR) at Tulane University. She holds a PhD in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), with specialization in Political Economy and Political Methodology.

Her research focuses on the comparative political economy of policymaking and policy change. Using qualitative and quantitative methods, she studies policymaking, both under authoritarian and democratic regimes, with a regional focus on Latin America. In particular, she analyzes how political institutions across regime types shape the extent to which citizens and interest groups influence policymaking, and how that affects public policy. As part of this research agenda, her dissertation analyzes the relationship between regime types and public policies to better understand how, and under which conditions, policy change takes place as a consequence of regime type transitions.

Associate Fellow

Nikolai Mukhin

Nikolai is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Higher School of Economics, Moscow. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Hong Kong and held visiting position at the University of California Los Angeles. His research interests include comparative authoritarianism, elite institutions, leadership succession, informal politics, and communist regimes. His work has been published in Communist and Post-Communist Studies.