Alex Mierke-Zatwarnicki is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Government at Harvard University. She studies political parties, identities, and representation in Western Europe. Her dissertation explores how parties articulate group conflict, and the conditions that lead outsiders to adopt more or less solidaristic approaches to group representation. Mierke-Zatwarnicki has received support for this research from the Center for European Studies, the German Academic Exchange Service, the Weatherhead Center, the Institute for Quantitative Social Science, and other sources.
During her Ph.D., Mierke-Zatwarnicki has held visiting positions at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies and the Center for the Study of Democratic Citizenship. She holds a Master’s degree in political science from the University of Toronto, where she was a SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Fellow.