I am Interim Professor for Political Science at the [University of Konstanz](https://www.polver.uni-konstanz.de/cnc/people/ziaja/) (W3-Vertretungsprofessur) and associate fellow at the [German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)](https://www.die-gdi.de/sebastian-ziaja/).
Before moving to Heidelberg, I was a postdoctoral researcher at the Research Center for Distributional Conflict and Globalization at [Heidelberg University](https://www.uni-heidelberg.de/fakultaeten/wiso/exzellenzinitiative/teilnehmer_en.html).
In 2014, I obtained my PhD with a thesis titled *A nudge too far? The effects of democracy aid on democratization and political instability* from the Department of Government at the [University of Essex](http://www.essex.ac.uk/government/), supervised by [Kristian Skrede Gleditsch](http://privatewww.essex.ac.uk/~ksg/) and [Jörg Faust](http://www.deval.org/en/prof-dr-joerg-faust.html).
In a nutshell, my research deals with various aspects of political regimes and states: how they differ, how they react to international factors (particularly foreign aid), and how they affect development and political instability.
My articles have appeared or are forthcoming in *The Journal of Politics*, *Third World Quarterly*, *Politics and Governance*, the *Journal of International Relations and Development*, and *Zeitschrift für Vergleichende Politikwissenschaft*.
Together with Javier Fabra Mata, I co-authored the *Users' guide on measuring fragility*, published by the Oslo Governance Centre of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
Recently I also led the data analysis for the Hertie School of Governance's *Governance Report 2018* and developed a governance index for the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.
See my [CV](ziaja_cv.pdf) for further details.
Dr. Sebastian Ziaja
Department of Politics and Public Administration
University of Konstanz
Room D 343
Phone: (+49) 7531 88 3092