I am a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, and a Fellow at the Center for European Policy Analysis. I hold a Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University.
My research interests include party politics, the rise of populist and anti-establishment parties, the democratic backsliding in Central and Eastern Europe, and Russia’s strategy to exploit social divisions in this region. I also study Russia’s domestic politics and how it affects its foreign policy dynamics.
My dissertation explains the success of populist right parties as a function of the economic policy choices made by leftwing parties of the post-Communist era. I also explore the commonality in factors underlying the decline of left parties and the rise of populist right across Europe.
My work has been published in numerous political science and policy journals, including 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 the Telegraph.
Throughout my time in the doctoral program, I have collaborated with the Institute for the Study of War, the Brookings Institution, Eurasia Group, and Freedom House. I have authored several reports and studies, including “Stifling the Public Sphere: Media and Civil Society: Russia,” for the National Endowment for Democracy; and “Putin’s Information Warfare in Ukraine. Soviet Origins of Russia’s Hybrid Warfare. Analytical Report,” for the Institute for the Study of War. I am frequently invited to give talks at U.S. universities and think tanks, including the Kennan Institute at Wilson Center, the Atlantic Council and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
I hold an M.A. and MPhil in Political Science from Columbia University as well as a Candidate Degree in Economics and a B.A. in Economics and Finance from the Higher School of Economics.