My fields are comparative politics, international relations, and political methodology. My current research interests focus on the comparative politics of authoritarianism and ‘managed’ democracy, particularly the means by which the dominant political actors in such regimes retain control. I am also interested in democratization and political identity reconstruction following political transitions. I have a regional interest in Russia and the Post-Soviet region.
Before coming to UW, I worked in the US House of Representatives as an aide to Congressman Peter Welch of Vermont and as an emerging market analyst at Business Monitor International, a private research firm. I have an MA in international affairs from George Washington University and a BA in Russian language and political science from Middlebury College.