I am a Postdoctoral Fellow in Political Science at Virginia Tech University, and a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies and the Illiberalism Studies Program at George Washington University. I am also a member of PONARS Eurasia, a George Washington University-based network of academics advancing new approaches to research on politics and society in Russia and Eastern Europe. I earned a Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University.
My research interests include party politics, political behavior and political economy. I explore the factors that influence the ongoing democratic backsliding in Europe and study the tactics used by Russian actors and proxies who circulate disinformation to exploit these dynamics in the region. I also study Russia’s domestic and foreign policy.
My work has been published in numerous political science and policy journals, including West European Politics, Party Politics, Post-Soviet Affairs, Journal of Democracy, Democratization, and the Washington Post‘s political science blog the Monkey Cage. My research has been referenced in publications such as the New York Times, Bloomberg, the Economist, and Foreign Policy.
Throughout my career I have collaborated with multiple U.S. research centers and think tanks to develop policy recommendations designed to address the challenges of democratic backsliding. These include the Brookings Institution, the Kennan Institute at the Wilson Center, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and Freedom House among others.