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Research Fellow

Valeria Smirnova



1. floor, room 1.14a
Herbert-Lewin-Str. 2
50931 Cologne

Tel.: +49 (0)221 470-7275

Fax: +49 (0)221 470-8669

Postal Adress:
University of Cologne
Chair for Comparative Politics
P.O. Box 411020
50870 Cologne, Germany

Brief portrait

Valeria is a research assistant at the Cologne Center for Comparative Politics where she writes her Ph.D. dissertation under the supervision of Professor André Kaiser. The first part of her PhD thesis, devoted to party finance regulation and the project of GRECO (Group of States against Corruption), has been awarded with the Peter Mair Party Politics Prize in 2015.

Her research interests include methods in comparative political studies with a particular emphasis on surveys, polity and policy changes. And the long-term goal she pursues with her research is to establish an open access system of party and campaign finance monitoring across countries and over time.

Apart from Cologne, at different times she has benefited a lot from her studies and research stays in Moscow (Russia), Konstanz (Germany), Vienna (Austria), Brussels (Belgium), and Exeter (Great Britain).


Bolleyer, Nicole; von Nostitz, Felix Christopher; Smirnova, Valeria (2016): Conflict regulation in political parties: An account of tribunal decision-making. In: Party Politics. Online first. Available at:


Winter term 2015/2016

BA Seminar “The Political System of the Federal Republic of Germany”