Pawel’s research interests lie at the intersection of comparative politics, political economy, and economic history, with a geographic focus on Central and Eastern Europe. He studies the long-run effects of institutions and political processes on economic and political development, with an emphasis on cities and municipalities. Pawel earned his Ph.D. in Political Science from Duke University. His dissertation explores the role of historical city charters in promoting development. Pawel’s work has been published in European Union Politics and received the SAGE Award for the Best Article Published in EUP in 2021. His research has been supported by, among others, the Economic History Association, and the Social Science Research Institute at Duke University.