Stefan Kruse is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for the Study of Democracy and a co-investigator in the DFG project 'The Cool Water Effect: Why Human Civilization Turned towards Emancipation in Cold-Wet Regions.'

Stefan Kruse holds a Ph.D. in Social and Economic Sciences from Leuphana University Lüneburg. He studied in Lüneburg and Barcelona and earned a master's degree in Public Economics, Law, and Politics (MA) in 2012 and a bachelor's degree in Economics and Social Sciences (BSc) in 2009. During 2011 and 2015, he worked as a junior researcher at the Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWI).

Kruse's research agenda revolves around comparative political behavior, political sociology, and international development. He is particularly interested in analytical and methodological questions related to value change and democratization.

His teaching portfolio includes undergraduate and graduate courses in political sociology, social science research methods, and economics. Furthermore, he has experience in designing and implementing training programs in applied quantitative research methods.