Christian Gläßel is a Research Associate to Anita Gohdes at the Hertie School's Centre for International Security, and a Doctoral Candidate at the Mannheim Graduate School of Economic and Social Sciences (GESS). Christian's research focuses on the inner workings of authoritarian regimes, subversive threats, and the logic behind violent and nonviolent forms of state repression. He is particularly interested in the perpetrators, organisational dynamics, and effects of propaganda, censorship, and other, less subtle human rights violations. Before joining the Hertie School, he was a lecturer at the Chair of International Relations (Prof. Sabine C. Carey) at the University of Mannheim. Previously, he had also worked as a researcher on the ERC Project "Repression and the Escalation of Violence" (ERC Grant Agreement No. 336019) as well as at the Collaborative Research Center SFB 884 "Political Economy of Reforms" funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG).