Michael C. Zeller is head of CARR’s Organisation Research Unit and a doctoral candidate in the Department of Political Science at Central European University (CEU). His dissertation research concerns the demobilisation of far-right demonstration campaigns, particularly the role of counter-mobilisation against the far right. He is also an Associate Researcher at the CEU Centre for Policy Studies, working on the ‘Building Resilience against Violent Extremism and Polarisation’ (BRaVE) project.
Michael holds a Master’s Degree (with distinction) in Eurasian Studies and Political Science from the University of Glasgow and Corvinus University of Budapest, respectively. He earned a B.A. summa cum laude from the University of Louisville, where he studied political science, history, and Russian studies.
Specialist research areas:
Social movements; Far-right mobilisation; Demonstration politics; QCA; Process tracing; Civil society; Post-Soviet politics.
Michael Zeller has published in the areas of social movement studies and research on the far right. His most recent journal publications include:
- “Demobilising far-right demonstration campaigns: Coercive counter-mobilisation, state social control, and the demobilisation of the Hess Gedenkmarsch campaign“, (2021) in Social Movement Studies: 1-19;
- “Organisation Research Unit: 2020 Year in Review Report” (2020), editor and contributor
- “Rethinking demobilisation: concepts, causal logic, and the case of Russia’s For Fair Elections movement” (2020), in Interface 12(1): 527-558.
- “Karlsruhe’s ‘giving fences’: mobilisation for the needy in times of COVID-19” (2020), in Interface 12(1): 292-303.