PhD Student in Comparative Politics
University of California, Berkeley


Otto Kienitz is a PhD student in Comparative Politics at the University of California, Berkeley.

His research interests include the comparative study of democratic institutions in post-Communist Europe and Eurasia with a particular focus on Russian politics; as well as the development and manipulation of electoral systems; contemporary regime dynamics; local politics in dominant-party systems; and the historical comparative legacies of imperial democratization and pre-democratic coalitions in nineteenth century Europe.

Prior to attending Berkeley, he received his B.A. (Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude) in History with a Minor in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania, and an M.A. in Russian and Eurasian Studies from the European University at St. Petersburg (Russia).

He enjoys music, soccer, and modernist art and literature, and comes from a family of musicians, educators, and writers.

His full CV is available here and can be reached via email.


There are things / we live among / and to see them / is to know ourselves.

George Oppen, Of Being Numerous (1968)


Russian land grant charter on 17th century vellum