I am an assistant professor of political science at George Washington University. I work on non-market strategy, political economy, and corruption, with current projects underway in Russia and the United States. My work has been published in the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, and British Journal of Political Science, among others. My book Politics for Profit: Business, Elections, and Policymaking in Russia is available from Cambridge University Press (Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics).
Building on my academic work, I'm a Co-founder of the Anti-Corruption Data Collective, a new initiative bringing together journalists, data analysts, academics and policy advocates to expose corruption in developed countries. So far our investigations have been cited in over two dozen media outlets around the world, including CNN, Bloomberg, Forbes, Washington Post, and many others.
I am also Associate Director of the Program on New Approaches to Research and Security in Eurasia (PONARS Eurasia), a network of over 140 academics from North America and post-Soviet Eurasia which puts forward new approaches to research on security, politics, economics, and society in Russia and Eurasia.
I have written up my research and offered policy commentary on Russia in the Washington Post, Newsweek, Daily Beast, Moscow Times, and Foreign Affairs. In addition, I have gone on BBC, CBC, Al-Jazeera, and Voice of America, among others, to speal on contemporary events in Russia as well as its war in Ukraine.
I received a PhD in political science from Columbia University in 2016 and my B.A. in Political and Social Thought at the University of Virginia, where I was a Jefferson Scholar. I am a Research Fellow at the International Center for the Study of Institutions and Development at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow and also a former Harvard Academy scholar.
My CV can be found here.
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