I am a doctoral candidate at the University of Chicago specializing in comparative politics and political methodology. My research interests revolve around the topics of democratic backsliding and authoritarian institutionalization with a focus on the judiciary. My dissertation project focuses on the micro-foundations of democratic erosion and explores how strategic subnational appointments of Russia’s prosecutors enabled authoritarian consolidation in the country in the early 2000s. This project has been supported by the Harriman Carnegie research grant.
My other research examines the effects of transitional justice on crime and the politics of media, with a particular focus on the Russia funded international broadcaster Russia Today. I am also interested in and have written on the politics of memory of Great Patriotic War. You can download my CV or check out my Google Scholar page.
From 2015-2018, I was part of transitional justice and democratic stability lab. My research has been published in Slavic Review, Nationalities Papers, and Russian Analytical Digest and I have also contributed to the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog.