Matthias Dilling

Matthias Dilling

(DPhil (Oxf), MPhil (Oxf))

Departmental Lecturer in Comparative Politics, Special Lecturer at Magdalen College
Comparative Politics and Government
Magdalen College
Office Address:
DPIR, Office 140

I am a Departmental Lecturer in Comparative Politics and a Special Lecturer at Magdalen College. I hold a DPhil in Politics and an MPhil in Comparative Government (with distinction) from the University of Oxford (Nuffield College) and a BA (First Class) from the FU Berlin. During my DPhil research, I was a Visiting Researcher at Yale University and the University of Vienna. Before joining DPIR, I was a Stipendiary Lecturer (Career Development) in Politics at Pembroke College, University of Oxford.

My research is on comparative politics, with special focus on institutional development and party politics in Europe. I have a particular interest in intra-party politics, party organization, and European center-right and radical right parties.

Among other projects, I am currently working on a monograph, based on my doctoral thesis. Using a mixed-methods approach, this research explains why Christian democratic parties in Western Europe have varied in their ability to adapt to changing social and political conditions. It draws on extensive archival research and has received the support of Nuffield College and the University of Oxford’s Department of Politics and IR.


At Oxford, I teach undergraduate students in Comparative Government, Politics in Europe, Political Sociology, and the Introduction to the Practice of Politics. I also tutor on the MPhil in Comparative Government and teach graduate students in Qualitative Research Methods, Comparative Research Designs, and Archival Research.


'Two of the Same Kind? The Rise of the AfD and its Implications for the CDU/CSU' German Politics and Society, 36 (1), forthcoming.

'The CDU. Representation and Representation Deficits within a People’s Party', in E. Wiesendahl ed., Parteien und Soziale Ungleichheit, 89–121, Springer, 2017 (in German).

'The Electoral Potential of Right- and Left-wing Extremist Parties. Unideological Protest Vote?', in G. Hirscher and E. Jesse eds., Extremismus in Deutschland, 397-434, 2013 (with Viola Neu, in German).


I am registered on the Expert Register of the PSA German Politics Specialized Group and comment on German and European politics. My comments have appeared, among others, on CTV News, BBC Mundo, Slovak Pravda and Folha de S. Paulo.