Georgiy Syunyaev

Assistant Professor @ Vanderbilt University β€’ PhD in Political Science @ Columbia University


I’m an assistant professor at the Department of Political Science at Vanderbilt University. I hold a Ph.D. Degree in Political Science from Columbia University.

In my research, I rely on survey and field experimental methods, formal theory, and qualitative work to study how citizens in autocratic regimes react to media exposure and how autocrats make policy decisions with a particular focus on decentralization. While my work is relevant for many authoritarian and weak democratic contexts, it is motivated by my interest in understanding the role of propaganda in regime survival in Russia and other Post-Soviet countries.

Beyond my substantive interests, I work on knowledge accumulation methods in social sciences. In my work, I pay special attention to research transparency and, over the years, contributed to several R packages: CausalQueries, DeclareDesign, and hiddenmeta.

Previously I was a post-doctoral fellow at the Institutions and Political Inequality Unit at Berlin Social Science Center (WZB Berlin), and a research fellow at the J-PAL Global and the International Center for Studies for the Study of Institutions and Development at HSE University, as well as visiting scholar at the Harriman Institute for Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies, and the World Bank’s Development Group.

You can download my CV here.


May 14, 2022 πŸ’»πŸ“‘ Our package with Macartan Humphreys and Till Tietz, hiddenmeta, for diagnosis and meta-analysis of hard-to-reach population studies is now available here and on GitHub in beta version
Mar 10, 2022 πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¦ Stop the War in Ukraine! As part of community of Russian-speaking economists I demand an immediate cessation of hostilities and the withdrawal of Russian troops from Ukraine. Full statement here
Oct 14, 2021 βœ¨πŸŽ“ I just defended my dissertation! Thank you to Tim Frye, Macartan Humphreys, Don Green, Katya Tertytchnaya, and Scott Gehlbach for all the comments and questions
Jul 16, 2021 πŸŽ‰πŸŽŠ Our paper on COVID-19 vaccine acceptance and hesitancy is now available in Nature Medicine. You can read summary of findings here