I am the Karen and Adeed Dawisha Assistant Professor of Political Science at Miami University and Faculty Associate at the Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies. I received my Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 2018. My research and teaching are in the field of comparative politics with a particular focus on the former Soviet Union.


My book project, Discussions with the Dictator: Information Manipulation and Authoritarian Legitimation in Putin's Russia, examines the role of quasi-democratic participation mechanisms in reinforcing authoritarian regimes. The dissertation on which this manuscript is based was awarded Best Dissertation in Comparative Politics from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 2018. A paper from the project (in Comparative Political Studies) was awarded Best Conference Paper in the “Information Technology & Politics” section of the American Political Science Association in 2017.


My work has been published in Comparative Political Studies, Comparative Politics,  Democratization,  International Studies Quarterly, and The  Washington Post‘s Monkey Cage blog.