Martin Naunov

Research Fellow

He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science at Middlebury College in Vermont, USA, and completed Master’s Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he specializes in Comparative Political Psychology and Quantitative Methods. His research interests are the Psychological Mechanisms that underlie Illiberal Attitudes and Behaviors such as Intolerance of people with Different Identities and Opinions.

In June 2022, he was one of the thirty Young Researchers in Social Sciences in the United States to receive an Inaugural Dissertation Research Grant from the Russell Sage Foundation. With the start of the academic year 2022-2023, as a recipient of a one-year research grant from DAAD – German Academic Exchange Service, he started his residency with the Social Psychology Laboratory of Dr. Melanie Steffens at the University of Landau in Germany.

Outside of academia, Martin has worked as a researcher for USAID and the Prague Institute for Security Studies. He was also a Data Analyst Consultant to the Minister of Foreign Affars, a Research Assistant at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and in 2017-2018 a First Amendment Fellow at the Hearst Media Corporation in New York.

Martin is a Research Fellow at the PRESPA Institute since June 2022.