Austin Doehler is a visiting scholar at the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement. His research focuses on issues pertaining to right-wing populist nationalism, public corruption, and great power competition, with a particular focus on the European Union and Western Balkans.
Before joining the Penn Biden Center, he was a Title VIII CEE Area Studies Fellow at the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA), a position which was funded by the U.S. State Department. While at CEPA, he conducted in-depth research on the effects of China’s Belt and Road Initiative on the Western Balkan-EU integration process. He was also previously a consultant with the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), where he worked on a youth civic engagement program in Armenia following the country’s 2018 Velvet Revolution.
Austin holds an M.A. from the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University.