Name: Peter Jan Tunkis, M.A.
Position: Visiting Fulbright-Hays Fellow, Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences
Brief biography: Peter Tunkis is a Ph.D. Candidate of political science at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio (USA) and a 2014 Fulbright-Hays Fellow, in affiliation with the Cross-National Studies: Interdisciplinary Research and Training Program (CONSIRT, consirt.osu.edu, a joint effort between OSU and IFiS-PAN). Peter specialises in Comparative Politics and Political Psychology, with research interests in political parties, legislator behaviour, East-Central European politics, and European Union politics. His dissertation investigates the relationship between interparty mobility (party switching) and the nature of group linkages, identities, and dynamics among parliamentarians in new democracies, with a focus on Poland and the Czech Republic since the end of Communism. Although based in political science, his work is enriched by theories and methods from sociology and social psychology.
While affiliated with the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Peter is conducting fieldwork for his dissertation. This work includes interviews with current and former Polish members of parliament, the completion of a novel dataset on parliamentarians’ activities and affiliations (1991-2011), and the collection of archived media reports (national and local) on party switching. His research is being funded by a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship award.
Peter holds a B.A. in Political Science and European Union Studies from the University of Florida, Gainesville, and a M.A. in Political Science from The Ohio State University.
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