Julian G. Waller

Areas of Expertise

Parliamentary and party politics in authoritarianism

Major — Comparative Politics

Minor — Research Methods

Julian is a Ph.D. candidate researching parliaments and political parties in contemporary electoral authoritarian regimes. Julian's research focuses primarily on the dynamics of political institutions in contemporary authoritarian regimes. In his dissertation, he addresses the relative activity and influence of parliamentary bodies and political party organizations in electoral authoritarianism, with an eye to determining under which conditions such political institutions exercise an outsized role in policy-making, inter-elite contention, and opposition empowerment. He also works on projects related to authoritarian institutional consolidation, opposition party activity during periods of regime overthrow, the diffusion of illiberal legislation worldwide, the autonomy of state institutions in authoritarianism, and historical trajectories of parliamentary structure and organization. His regional specialization is in post-Soviet and East European politics.
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 a Doctoral Student Fellow at the Institute for European, Russia and Eurasian Studies at the Elliott School of International Affairs.
Julian has been honored with several external awards, grants, and positions, most recently a Bradley Foundation Fellowship. Additionally, he has won research and travel funding from the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, the ZEIT-Stiftung’s ‘Trajectories of Change’ program, the Institute for Humane Studies, the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies, and the David L. Boren NSEP Scholarship Program. Also, he received the ASEEES Dissertation Research Grant, Gerd Bucerius, and the Hoffman Dissertation Fellowship in 2016. He has conducted fieldwork in Ukraine and Russia. His work has been published in the 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