Michael Zeller

Michael C. Zeller is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Political Science at Central European University (CEU). His dissertation research concerns the demobilization of far-right demonstration campaigns, particularly the role of counter-mobilization against the far right. He is also an associate researcher at the CEU Centre for Policy Studies. Zeller holds a master’s degree (with distinction) in Eurasian studies and political science from the University of Glasgow and Corvinus University of Budapest, respectively. He earned a BA summa cum laude from the University of Louisville, where he studied political science, history and Russian studies.

From Opera to MMA: Nationalist Symbolism and the German Far Right

August 12, 2021

The German far right is awash with allusion. Like elsewhere, coded communication is the rule among far-right German organizations and activists. References to old Norse myths abound, and many readers, whether from familiarity with mythology, white nationalism or Norse-inspired superhero movies, would recognize Thor’s hammer or a smattering of runic...

Alternative for Germany Is Failing to Keep Up

February 23, 2021

If not for the familiar awkwardness of social distancing rules, the scene at the digital party conference of Germany’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) would have been fit for a daytime game show. With the theme from “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” playing in the background and the CDU‘s secretary-general,...