Max Fischer-Zernin

Max Fischer-Zernin

2015 Major: Political Science

Current Employer: Axinn, Veltrop & Harkrider LLP — New York, New York

How has being a Political Science graduate from Duke helped shape your professional success?

Two skills from my political science education stand out as particularly important in shaping my professional success. The first skill is the application of statistics in the social sciences. As an antitrust attorney I am often required to use statistics to determine the economic effects of a particular agreement. The second skill is the ability to understand the incentives of entities and how they shape decision-making; this came both from a qualitative study of history and international relations as well as a more quantitative study of game theory.

What advice would you give students in Political Science?

I have four suggestions for students in Political Science: build a strong foundation in statistics, develop a personal and effective writing style, look for political science classes cross-listed with other departments to build inter-disciplinary skills, and, of course, take the AGS Seminar with Professor Feaver!