IMG_3311Welcome! I am an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at Yale University.

My research interests currently lie in political ethnography of state-building and conflict with an emphasis on gender, ethnicity, and religion. My primary regional focus is the former Soviet Union.

My book project “State-Building as Lawfare” explores how the social and political consequences of armed conflict affect legal pluralism – the coexistence of Russian state law, Sharia, and customary law in Chechnya. Research for the book relies on extensive qualitative fieldwork, surveys, and analysis of court cases. My other work has been published in World Politics, World Development, and Political Science Research and Methods.

Prior to joining Yale, I was an assistant professor at the University of Toronto and a Scholar at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies. I obtained PhD from Columbia University and graduated from St. Petersburg State University. I am originally from St.Petersburg, Russia.


Department of Political Science, Yale University 

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