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
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.
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|May 14, 2022|| 💻📑 Our package with Macartan Humphreys and Till Tietz, |
|Mar 10, 2022||🇺🇦 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||✨🎓 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||🎉🎊 Our paper on COVID-19 vaccine acceptance and hesitancy is now available in Nature Medicine. You can read summary of findings here|