Welcome to my website! I am an academic researcher and applied analyst of authoritarian politics and ideological illiberalism in post-Soviet Eurasia, Europe, and the wider world. I hold a Ph.D in Political Science from George Washington University, and currently work as an Associate Research Analyst at the Center for Naval Analyses. I am also a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies as well as a Non-Resident Fellow at the Illiberalism Studies Program, both housed at the Elliott School of International Affairs.
My Ph.D research looked at parliamentary bodies under authoritarian rule, illustrating the place of such assembly-style institutions in non-democratic political orders. I have conducted extensive fieldwork and language-training in both the Russian Federation and Ukraine. My academic work has been published in peer-reviewed scholarly journals such as Problems of Post-Communism, The Journal of Illiberalism Studies, The International Journal of Constitutional Law, and Social Media + Society, as well as analytic and policy-oriented outlets such as American Purpose, American Affairs, The National Interest, Russia Matters, The University Bookman, Church-Life Journal, Russland-Analysen, Russian Analytical Digest, Baltic Worlds, and RIDDLE Russia.
I have held multiple research positions, including as a Visiting Researcher in the Department of Sociology at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München in Munich, Germany (2018), a Visiting Scholar at the Center for East European and International Studies (ZOiS) in Berlin, Germany (2017), and as a Visiting Researcher at the International Center for the Study of Institutions and Development at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow, Russian Federation (2016-2017). In 2015-2016, I was Doctoral Student Fellow at the Institute for European, Russia and Eurasian Studies at the Elliott School of International Affairs in Washington, DC. I have been a Bradley Foundation Fellow, and am an awardee of the Institute for Humane Studies' Humane Studies Fellowship, the ASEEES Dissertation Research Grant, the 'Trajectories of Change' Fieldwork Grant from the ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius, and the Hoffman Dissertation Fellowship for dissertation fieldwork.
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