"I really enjoy the scientific diversity and expertise of the GESS student body. It allows us to work closely together, to present our research to each other and exchange ideas." Hannah M. Gringard, CDSS

Dominic Ponattu

Social Sciences

Dominic Ponattu is a graduate student at the University of Mannheim focusing on political economy and methods of causal inference. In particular, he is interested in political institutions, political selection and the political economy of corruption. Throughout his studies, he has also cultivated an interest in public economics.
Dominic holds degrees in economics and political economy from the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he was a fellow of the German National Academic Foundation. Besides academic training, he has gained professional experience in the private sector as well.

Research Interests

political institutions

political selection

political economy of corruption

Why I chose the University of Mannheim and in particular the GESS

The University of Mannheim and its graduate school feature strong faculty and training in my primary area of interest, political economy. Moreover, the University has a strong commitment to research and sound training of its doctoral students.

The best part of being a doctoral student here

The GESS provides vast resources for doctoral students, including a wide range of courses conducive to training and thesis work.

A description of my fellow doctoral students

They are academically strong, keen to learn and also great to spend time with outside the classroom.

My most challenging experience within the program

It was (and still is) challenging to use methods and substantial knowledge to actually write academic papers.

My advice for prospective students

Keep calm and start reading (and writing)



EPSA General Conference
Place: Brussels, Belgium

Arbeitskreis Handlungs- und Entscheidungstheorie
Place: Cologne, Germany

Midwest Political Science Conference
Place: Chicago, IL, US