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Marlene studied political science and communication studies in Mainz (Germany) and Kristiansand (Norway). She received her PhD in political science from Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz in 2017. From 2012 to 2018, she worked as a researcher and lecturer at the Department of Political Science, JGU Mainz. Since October 2018, Marlene is a postdoctoral researcher at GESIS. During the summer term 2021, she acted as interim professor for "Empirical Methods of Social Research" at University of Münster.
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Marlene is responsible for coordinating the GESIS Fall Seminar in Computational Social Science and for developing an e-learning concept for GESIS Training.
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Marlene's research interests are located in the field of political culture. In her dissertation, she has compared citizen attitudes towards the political regime between democracies and autocracies and has analyzed both the individual- and the system-level determinants of these attitudes. Other research interests include political value orientations, (sources of) political trust, and issues of cross-country comparability.
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Journal article

Mauk, Marlene, and Max Grömping. 2024. "Online disinformation predicts inaccurate beliefs about election fairness among both winners and losers." Comparative Political Studies 57 (6): 965-998. doi:

Mauk, Marlene. 2022. "Electoral integrity matters: how electoral process conditions the relationship between political losing and political trust." Quality & Quantity 56 (3): 1709-1728. doi:

Mauk, Marlene. 2022. "Stable support for democracy in East and Southeast Asia?: Examining citizens' trust in democratic institutions." East Asia 39 (3): 239-257. doi:

Mauk, Marlene. 2021. "Quality of democracy makes a difference, but not for everyone: how political interest, education, and conceptions of democracy condition the relationship between democratic quality and political trust." Frontiers in Political Science 3 637344. doi:

Mauk, Marlene. 2020. "Disentangling an elusive relationship: How democratic value orientations affect political trust in different regimes." Political Research Quarterly 73 (2): 366-380. doi:

Schulze, Heidi, Marlene Mauk, and Jonas Linde. 2020. "How populism and polarization affect Europe's liberal democracies: Editorial." Politics and Governance 8 (3): 1-5. doi:

Mauk, Marlene. 2020. "Rebuilding trust in broken systems? Populist party success and citizens' trust in democratic institutions." Politics and Governance 8 (3): 45-58. doi:

Mauk, Marlene. 2020. "Trusting the cops but not much else: East Asia's skeptical democratic citizenry." Global Asia 15 (1): 14-20.

Mauk, Marlene. 2017. "Fostering support for non-democratic rule?: Controlled political liberalization and popular support for non-democratic regimes." Zeitschrift für Vergleichende Politikwissenschaft 11 (1): 24-49. doi:

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Chapter in an edited book

Mauk, Marlene. 2024. "Citizen support for autocratic regimes." In Research Handbook on Authoritarianism, edited by Natasha Lindstaedt, and Jeroen J.J. Van den Bosch, 139-152. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar. doi:

Stroppe, Anne-Kathrin, and Marlene Mauk. 2021. "Einstellungen zu Demokratie und Sozialstaat." In Datenreport 2021: Ein Sozialbericht für die Bundesrepublik Deutschland, edited by Statistisches Bundesamt (Destatis), Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung (WZB), and Bundesinstitut für Bevölkerungsforschung (BiB), 386-393. Bonn: Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung.

Mauk, Marlene. 2016. ""Asian Democracy?" Der Einfluss konfuzianischer Werte auf die Legitimität westlich-liberaler Demokratievorstellungen in Nord- und Südostasien." In "Demokratie" jenseits des Westens. Theorien, Diskurse, Einstellungen. Sonderheft 51 der Politischen Vierteljahresschrift, edited by Sophia Schubert, and Alexander Weiß, 491-510. Baden-Baden: Nomos. doi:

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Linde, Jonas, Marlene Mauk, and Heidi Schulze, ed. 2020. Populism and Polarization – A Dual Threat to Europe’s Liberal Democracies? Special Issue Politics and Governance 8 (3).

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Mauk, Marlene. 2020. Citizen support for democratic and autocratic regimes. Comparative Politics. Oxford: Oxford University Press.