Jan Vogler is a Ph.D. candidate with a specialization in political economy and political methods. His research is concerned with political competition and the organization of public bureaucracies. In his dissertation, he explores the historical determinants of institutional characteristics of modern administrative organizations. 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 of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation and the German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes) and he currently is an Adam Smith fellow.