Mariella Falkenhain is a Doctoral Student at the Hertie School of Governance. She is a political scientist with research interests in the comparative study of civil society, institutional theory and authoritarian regimes, and a regional focus on the post-Soviet sphere. Mariella is also a lecturer at the University of Bamberg. She previously worked at the Institute for European Politics (IEP) in Berlin. She holds degrees from the Freie Universität Berlin and the Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris.