Alex Mierke-Zatwarnicki is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Government at Harvard University. Alex studies the politics of advanced industrialized democracies, with a particular focus on two broad questions. First, how do political institutions -- such as electoral rules -- influence the sets of strategies available and desirable to political actors as they campaign and govern? Second, and relatedly, how do issues and issue positions emerge and change in political space? That is, how do issue positions get bundled into ideologies and partisan competition, and why does the viability of certain issue positions change over time? Currently, Alex is exploring these questions at the municipal level, seeking to understand variation in the viability and political uptake of harm reduction drug policies such as safe injection sites.
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). Alex's co-authored work is published and forthcoming in the Canadian Journal of Political Science.
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.