Joshua Weitz is a sixth-year Ph.D. candidate in comparative politics and international relations. His research interests concern political parties, organizational theory, strategy, and evolutionary theory. His dissertation specifically seeks to understand the sources of competitive advantage among anti-system parties, using the dynamics of party competition in Weimar Germany as its principal case. In addition to his independent research, Josh also has a forthcoming co-authored monograph on the impact of industrial restructuring and corporate financialization on the historical development of African-American middle class in the United States since the Civil Rights act of 1965. Josh is also a research associate at the Academic-Industry Research Network, an affiliation he has held since 2015. He holds a B.A. in sociology from the City University of New York School of Professional Studies where he graduated magna cum laude and a A.M. in political science from Brown University.