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Department of Political Science

Kiran Rose Auerbach

Kiran Rose Auerbach, Dr.

  • Postdoc
  • Appointments via email / Termine via E-Mail
+41 44 634 52 51

Curriculum vitae

Kiran Auerbach is a postdoctoral researcher at the Chair of Comparative Politics. Previously, she was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Comparative Politics at the University of Bergen, Norway. She obtained her Ph.D. and M.A. in political science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and her B.A. in international relations from Stanford University.

Kiran’s research investigates political accountability in both developing and advanced democracies. How do formal and informal institutions, social identities, and public opinion affect democratic performance? She has extensive field experience in the Western Balkans and completed the European Regional Master’s Degree in Democracy and Human Rights in South-East Europe at the University of Bologna and the University of Sarajevo.

At IPZ, her agenda focuses on subnational territorial divisions. How do rural-urban and center-periphery cleavages shape political discontent and affective polarization? How do political parties respond, and what are the consequences for democratic stability? 

Research area

Research Focus

Comparative democratization and backsliding; corruption; political parties; subnational politics; state capacity; rural-urban divisions

Transversal research priorities at the IPZ

  • Politics and Inequality
  • Democracy and Democratization


V-Nr Course Start / End Date Lecturers Room
from 19 Feb 2024
to 27 May 2024
Mon 14:00-15:45 Kiran Rose Auerbach AFL-E-011
from 19 Feb 2024
to 27 May 2024
Mon 10:15-12:00 Kiran Rose Auerbach AFL-E-009

Publications (ZORA)

Currently no publications on ZORA