I am a postdoctoral associate in the Leitner Program on Political Economy at Yale University. My research studies classic questions of comparative politics using text analysis, machine learning, and causal inference. My recent projects focus on mass protest and political control in autocracies. More broadly, I study communication technology’s effects on society and political behavior.
My dissertation explores the information tools employed by modern non-democratic leaders to maintain political control and their citizens’ probable responses to the strategies these tools make possible. I focus primarily on government hiring of agents to impersonate ordinary citizens and engage online and offline with members of the political opposition.
My work has been published in World Politics, European Journal of Political Economy, Post-Soviet Affairs, Europe-Asia Studies, and Problems of Post-Communism. I published in American and Russian printed and electronic media, including The Monkey Cage Blog, the leading Russian business daily Vedomosti, and Forbes-Russia.
Prior to my appointment at Yale, I received my Ph.D. in Political Science and M.Sc. in Statistics from University of California, Los Angeles. Before coming to UCLA, I was a research fellow at the Center for the Study of Institutions and Development (2013-14) and a lecturer at the Department of Political Science at Higher School of Economics in Moscow (2010-13).