I am the Theodore Romanoff Assistant Profesor of Russian Studies and an Assistant Professor of International and Area Studies at the University of Oklahoma. Previously, I was a George F. Kennan Fellow at the Kennan Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the Karen and Adeed Dawisha Assistant Professor of Political Science at Miami University. I received my Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 2018.
My research, teaching, and service are in the fields of comparative political behavior with a substantive focus on public opinion and political communication in non-democracies and a regional focus on Russian and Eurasian politics.
My book project, Dialogue with the Dictator: Information Manipulation and Authoritarian Legitimation in Putin's Russia, examines the role of quasi-democratic participation mechanisms in reinforcing authoritarian regimes. My work has been published in Comparative Political Studies, Comparative Politics, Democratization, International Studies Quarterly, Perspectives on Politics, and The Washington Post.