I am a political scientist researching the politics of authoritarian regimes and collective action, particularly in Russia and the post-Soviet region.
I am a Raphael Morrison Dorman Memorial Postdoctoral Fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. I received my PhD in Political Science from the University of Michigan in 2021 and I was a post-doctoral fellow at New York University's Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia from 2021-2022.
My work examines when and why autocratic regimes promise concessions to protestors, how these promises affect mobilization and their impact on policies.
In my book project, I emphasize that a concession entails a process of potential policy change that begins with a promise of future action. Because these promises are not inherently credible, concessions are vulnerable to reneging, or the deliberate failure to implement concessions. I argue that while concessions can be an avenue to address problems about which the government lacked information, in many cases, they are used to undermine mobilization in the short-term, even if later reneging allows the grievance to endure. The book uses an original database on protest campaigns against the Moscow City government about policy-related grievances, the protest events those campaigns held, and the concessions they received, in the mid-2010s. It is also informed by interviews with activists I conducted during fieldwork in Moscow.
My other research interests in comparative politics include authoritarian institutions, repression, authoritarian responsiveness, urban politics and post-Soviet politics.
I also hold an MA in Russian, Eastern European and Eurasian Regional Studies and a BA in Slavic Studies, both from Columbia University. My research has been supported by the National Science Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation/Harriman Institute, among others.