Julian G. Waller

Areas of Expertise

Parliamentary and party politics in authoritarianism

Major — Comparative Politics

Minor — Research Methods

Julian is a sixth-year Ph.D candidate researching parliaments and political parties in contemporary electoral authoritarian regimes. His dissertation looks specifically at explaining temporal and cross-national variation in legislative activity under authoritarianism, including dynamics of opposition plenary obstruction, inter-branch elite contestation, and loyalist policy-making. 
Julian was Visiting Researcher in the Department of Sociology at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München in Munich, Germany in Spring 2018 and Visiting Scholar at the Center for East European and International Studies (ZOiS) in Berlin, Germany in Fall 2017. In 2016-2017, he was Visiting Researcher at the International Center for the Study of Institutions and Development at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow, Russia. In 2015-2016, he was Doctoral Student Fellow at the Institute for European, Russia and Eurasian Studies at the Elliott School of International Affairs.
Julian has been awarded the ASEEES Dissertation Research Grant, the 'Trajectories of Change' Fieldwork Grant from the ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius, and the Hoffman Dissertation Fellowship in 2016 for dissertation fieldwork. He was also the recipient of a William and Helen Petrach Program on Ukraine Grant in 2014, as well as the David L. Boren NSEP Scholarship and the State Department's Critical Language Scholarship in 2012, studying at Herzen Russian State Pedagogical University and Akmulla Bashkir State Pedagogical University, respectively. He has conducted fieldwork in Ukraine and the Russia. His work has been published in International Journal of Constitutional Law, Russland-Analysen, and Russian Analytical Digest.

Current Research

Political parties and parliaments in electoral authoritarianism, hybrid regimes, democratization, post-Soviet politics.


B.A. in International Affairs, George Washington University (Elliott School of International Affairs)

M.A. in Political Science, George Washington University