IMG_3311Welcome! I am an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto. I specialize in comparative politics with a focus on post-Soviet Eurasia. My primary research interests are conflict and political violence, law and society, gender, nationalism, ethnic and religious politics.

My book project explores how legacies of prolonged military conflict affect individual choices and government policies towards alternative legal orders in Chechnya, where Russian statutory law co-exists with Sharia and customary law. My research relies on extensive qualitative fieldwork, surveys, and analysis of court cases.

My work has been published in World Politics, World Development, and Political Science Research and Methods. Some of my work has also appeared in the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage. 

I did my Ph.D. at Columbia University. In 2016-2017 I was a Pre-Doctoral Fellow at the Program on Order, Conflict and Violence at Yale University and a United States Institute of Peace Jennings Randolph Peace Scholar. Before entering graduate school, I was a Research Fellow at the Laboratory for Comparative Social Research at the Higher School of Economics (Russia) and a Carnegie Visiting Fellow at the Center for Political Studies at the University of Michigan. I graduated with distinction from St. Petersburg State University.



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