Michal Smrek

researcher at Department of Government, Faculty

+4618-471 5725
Visiting address:
Room GT Gamla Torget 6,6319 Gamla Torget 6
Postal address:
Box 514
751 20 UPPSALA

Short presentation

I am a researcher at the Department of Government, Uppsala University, currently working on a FORTE-funded project entitled Strategic inclusion? The promises and pitfalls of diversity initiatives in Swedish party politics together with Elin Bjarnegård and Pär Zetterberg. My research interests include political parties, representation, legislative behaviour and candidate selection with a particular focus on gender.

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Education and teaching experience

I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics and Modern History from the University of Manchester; a Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Politics from Uppsala University. I graduated from the PhD programme in May 2019 with a dissertation entitled: "Incumbent Renomination: Accountability and Gender Bias".

My teaching interests include comparative politics, development studies as well as methodology. I have been teaching on the graduate course in Social Science Methodology since autumn 2014 and took over as a course co-convenor in 2018. In spring 2015, I began teaching on the undergraduate Comparative European Politics course and am a course convenor for the course since 2016.

Professional service

I served as the chair of the PhD Student Association at the Department of Government between January 2015 and December 2016 and as a doctoral representative to the Department board between January 2015 and December 2017. Previously, I have also served as a chair of the PhD Student Association at the Uppsala Centre for Russian and Eurasian Studies (UCRS).


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