Jan Vogler is a Ph.D. candidate with a specialization in comparative political economy and political methods. His research is concerned with political competition and the organization of public bureaucracies. In his dissertation, he analyzes the historical determinants of bureaucratic characteristics. He primarily explores the role social groups played in shaping early bureaucratic systems and imperial legacies in public administration. Prior to his doctoral studies, he studied political science, economics, and international relations at Free University of Berlin, the University of California, Berkeley, and the London School of Economics and Political Science. In the past he has held scholarships/fellowships of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation and the German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes) and he currently is or will be a German National Academic Foundation Dissertation Fellow, an Adam Smith Fellow, a Kenan Institute for Ethics Graduate Fellow, and a Humane Studies Fellow.