Max Bader is University Lecturer with expertise on Russia and Eurasia.
Before coming to Leiden University in 2013, I was a lecturer and researcher at the University of Amsterdam, the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, and the OSCE Academy, and a visiting scholar at George Washington University and the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy.
My research interests include elections, corruption, authoritarian politics, and democratization, and has been published in journals such as Democratization, Post-Soviet Affairs, Russian Politics, Research & Politics, Europe-Asia Studies, Representation, Communist and Post-Communist Studies.
I currently lead the research project Civil Society against Corruption in Ukraine: Political Roles, Advocacy Strategies, and Impact. The project is funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) and carried out together with the Anti-Corruption Research and Education Centre (ACREC) of the National University Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Ukraine.
I also coordinate the project Human Security and Conﬂict in Ukraine: Local Approaches and Transnational Dimensions, funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) and carried out in cooperation with Carnegie Europe, the Ukrainian Institute for Public Policy, and Right to Protection (Ukraine).
Outside academia I am involved in the following activities:
- Policy evaluation for USAID, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, and OSCE/ODIHR
- Statistical analyst in OSCE/ODIHR election observation missions
- Election observation for OSCE/ODIHR
- Public speaking on politics and international affairs in post-Soviet Eurasia
Full professional proficiency: English, Russian, German
Limited working proficiency: Ukrainian, French
Reading: Turkish, Azerbaijani, Uzbek, Tajiki, Belarusian