Doreen Spörer-Wagner studied Political Science and Slavic Linguistics in Constance, Leuven and St. Petersburg (1995-2002). Her PhD she received in 2005 for a dissertation on post-communist countries’ capability for political reforms from the University of Constance. In 2013 she successfully completed an advanced training on Public Management (CAS) at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences. Doreen Spörer-Wagner held several internship positions, among others at the European Parliament, at the Representation of the Free State of Thuringia to the European Union and at the ALTANA Pharma AG (now: Takeda) before she joined in 2005 the NCCR Democracy (National Center of Competence in Research: Challenges to Democracy in the 21st Century“) as researcher on comparative political communication. Since 2007 she has been in charge of the development and organization of the NCCR Doctoral Program which is offered since FS 2013 as structured doctoral program Democracy Studies at the IPZ, the IPMZ and the Department of Philosophy at the University of Zurich. Doreen Spörer-Wagner also teaches Comparative Political Science, Transition Politics and Political Communication at the University of Lucerne (2006 to date).