I am Lecturer at the Institute for Political Science at Heidelberg University, where I teach undergraduate and graduate classes in Comparative Politics.
Previously, I worked as Research Associate at the Electoral Integrity Project (University of Sydney), Research Officer with the Australian Research Council (ARC) funded project Organised interests in Australian Public Policy (Australian National University), and lectured in International Relations at the Faculty of Political Science of Thammasat University. I have also been visiting Research Fellow at the Department of Democracy and Democratization of the Social Science Center Berlin (WZB) in 2016/17.
I study how citizens organize to effect political change and under which conditions they are successful. In particular, I am interested in the interface between political organizations, the media, and the policy agenda in autocracies and new democracies. Substantively, I look primarily at human rights advocacy. My recent article in Political Communication explains why some human rights NGOs receive a lot of media attention while most do not. In another recent co-authored piece in Governance, I show that advocacy groups maintain ‘inefficient’ organizational forms because these promise better access to parliament. Other publications delve into the causes and consequences of domestic election monitoring, protest communication and echo chambers in the online sphere, engagement with political parties, and electoral integrity in the US, Australia, Russia, Asia, Africa, and elsewhere.
I have been a co-publisher of the Perceptions of Electoral Integrity (PEI) dataset, and also helped develop the Secure and Fair Elections (SAFE) Model Curriculum for International IDEA. Occasionally, I write for the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage, The Conversation, New Mandala, and other online outlets. I am also an associate of the Sydney Democracy Network, a member of the the Political Organisations and Participation standing group of the Australian Political Studies Association, and a member of the Electoral Management Research Network.
Get in touch on Twitter via @maxgroemping.