Alex Mierke-Zatwarnicki is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Government at Harvard University. Alex is broadly interested in comparative political behavior, political communication, party placement, and ideology. Most of her ongoing work is focused on 'the politics of controversial ideas,' that is, how and why politicians decide to pursue policies that represent a major divergence from the status quo. Alex’s other ongoing work spans a variety of topics related to political behaviour, including bandwagon effects in Canadian politics, the effect of mid-campaign scandals on candidate evaluation, and attitudes towards niqab bans in Western democracies; her co-authored work is published and forthcoming in the Canadian Journal of Political Science.
At Harvard, Alex is a graduate student affiliate of the Institute for Quantitative Social Science (IQSS) and the Minda de Gunzberg Center for European Studies (CES), as well as a Graduate Research Fellow with the Weatherhead Center's Canada Program. She also serves as a graduate student co-ordinator for the Working Group in Political Psychology and Behavior (WoGPoP).
Prior to her doctoral work, Alex completed her Honors B.A. in Political Science at the University of British Columbia and then her Master's in Political Science at the University of Toronto, where she was a Joseph-Armand Bombardier Fellow.