Michal Mochtak is a Post-doctoral Research Associate at the Institute of Political Science, University of Luxembourg working on a project titled "ELWar - Electoral Legacies of War: Political Competition in Postwar Southeast Europe" funded by the ERC Starting Grant, and led by Josip Glaurdic. Prior to joining the university in October 2017, he was a Visiting Fulbright Scholar at the Department of Political Science, Yale University (2017), a Cvachovec Fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto (2017), and a Research Fellow at the International Institute of Political Science, Masaryk University (2012-2017). He earned his Ph.D. at Masaryk University in 2015 by defending the thesis on the roots of electoral violence in the Western Balkans (with honors).

His research focuses on the existing challenges to democracy in Central and Eastern Europe with special emphasis on election-related conflicts, political violence and modern forms of authoritarian rule.

He is the author of "Electoral Violence in the Western Balkans. From Voting to Fighting and Back" (Routledge; 2017) and a co-author of "Challenges to Democracies in East Central Europe" (Routledge; 2016). His papers on electoral violence and democratization have been published in a variety of international peer-reviewed journals (e.g. Terrorism and Political Violence, Problems of Post-Communism, Journal of International Relations and Development, Nations & Nationalism, Southeast European and Black Sea Studies, Democracy and Security, or World Political Science).
For more information visit www.mochtak.com.


Research interests
Political Parties
Data Science

Latest content Michal Mochtak took part in

Social Sciences
COVID-19: Saving lives or saving the economy ?
A new study conducted by dr. Christophe Lesschaeve, Prof. Josip Glaurdić, and dr. Michal Mochtak from the Department of Social science and recently accepted for publication in the journal Public Opinion Quarterly (ranked globally as the best journal for public opinion research) looks into the public attitudes towards the difficult trade-off imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The lockdowns decrease the spread of the virus, but amplify the damage to the economy. Are people willing to accept a higher death toll in an attempt to limit the damage of the economy, or is saving lives considered nonnegotiable?