I am a Research Associate at the Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland (CISSM), and an Adjunct Fellow at the Center for European Policy Analysis and the Free Russia Foundation. I hold a Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University.
The key focus of my research is the democratic backsliding and the spread of populist and radical right actors across Europe. My dissertation explains the success of these parties in the region as a function of the economic policy choices made by left-leaning parties of the post-Communist era. My main research interests also include Russia’s domestic and foreign policy, the political situation in Ukraine, and the Russian-Ukrainian conflict.
Throughout my time in the doctoral program, I have collaborated with the Institute for the Study of War, the Brookings Institution, the National Endowment for Democracy, Eurasia Group, and Freedom House.
I have authored several reports and studies, including “Policy Memo: Justifying a Counter-Cyclical U.S.-Russia Policy (the Case of Energy Dependence),” for the Harriman Institute; “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.
My publications have appeared in the Russian-language business daily Vedomosti; the Washington Post‘s political science blog, the Monkey Cage; the Huffington Post; the National Interest; the New Republic; and the American Interest. My articles have been referenced by columnist David Brooks (New York Times), blogger Andrew Sullivan (The Dish), and in publications such as Bloomberg, the Economist and the Telegraph. I am frequently invited to give talks at U.S. think tanks, including the Kennan Institute at Wilson Center 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.