Associate Professor
Department of Political Science

Institutional Affiliation 

Department of Political Science, University of Colorado Denver


Ph.D. (05/2002)
International Studies (Comparative Politics, International Relations)
Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver

M.A. (11/1997)
International Studies (Comparative Politics)
Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver 

B.A. equivalent (1993)
German Literature, Modern History, Political Science
Universität Tübingen, Germany

Erasmus Exchange (1992 – 1993)
International Relations, European Integration
Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, The Netherlands

Regional and Thematic Interests

Former Soviet Union (specifically, South Caucasus and Central Asia)

Political Regimes and Regime Change



Dr. Stefes' areas of speciality are political development (authoritarianism and democratization) with a regional focus on the former Soviet Union, esp. the South Caucasus and Central Asia. He has done research on corruption and informal institutions. He also teaches courses on European governments and European integration/EU studies. Finally, Dr. Stefes works on the political of renewable energy in Germany and the United States.

Selected Publication

Gerschewski, J., W. Merkel, A. Schmotz, C. H. Stefes, and D. Tanneberg. Critical Junctures and the Survival of Dictatorships. In progress.

Gerschewski, J. and C. H. Stefes (Eds.) Termites in the Basement. Institutional Decay and Reequilibriation in Autocratic Regimes. Under review.

Hager, C. and C. H. Stefes (Eds.) 2016. Green Pioneers: Germany’s Energy Transition (New York: Palgrave Macmillan).

Sollund, R., C. H. Stefes, and A. Germani (Eds.) 2016. Fighting Environmental Crime in Europe and Beyond: The Role of the EU and Its Member States (New York: Palgrave Macmillan).

Nodia, G. and  C. H. Stefes (Eds.) 2015. Security, Democracy and Development in the Southern Caucasus and the Black Sea Region (Frankfurt/M: Peter Lang).

Wooden, A. and  C. H. Stefes (Eds.) 2009. The Politics of Transition in Central Asia and the Caucasus (New York: Routledge).

Stefes, C. H. 2006. Understanding Post-Soviet Transitions: Corruption, Collusion and Clientelism (New York: Palgrave Macmillan).

Barrios, H. and C. H. Stefes (Eds.). 2006. Einführung in die Comparative Politics (Munich: Oldenbourg).