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. He primarily explores the role social groups played in shaping early bureaucratic systems and the legacies of empires in terms of 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 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, and a Humane Studies Fellow.