I am a PhD Candidate in Political Science at the University of Michigan, specializing in comparative politics. I study the politics of authoritarian regimes and collective action, particularly in Russia and the former Soviet Union


My research examines why autocratic regimes, which rely on coercion to maintain power, promise concessions to protestors. In my dissertation, I argue that reneging, or deliberately failing to deliver policy change as promised, is a fundamental strategic dimension of concessions, which allows non-democratic governments to demobilize protest movements while resisting long-term change. Methodologically, I combine quantitative, qualitative and formal approaches.


My research has been supported by a National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant, , a Carnegie Corporation-Harriman Institute Research Grants for Ph.D. Students in the Social Sciences, and a Weiser Emerging Democracies Fellowship, among other grants.


I hold a MA in Russian, Eastern European and Eurasian Regional Studies and a BA in Slavic Studies, both from Columbia University. Prior to moving to Ann Arbor, Michigan, I lived in New York and St. Petersburg, Russia, and I’m originally from San Francisco.