Welcome to my website!

I am a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin—Madison. My research and teaching are in the field of comparative politics with a particular focus on the former Soviet Union.

My dissertation, “Shoring Up Autocracy: Participatory Technologies and Regime Support in Putin’s Russia,” examines the role of elite-mass communication in bolstering support for authoritarian regimes. A paper from the dissertation was awarded Best Conference Paper in the “Information Technology & Politics” section of the American Political Science Association in 2017.

My broader research interests include comparative political behavior and public opinion, political communication, authoritarianism, post-Soviet politics, media, women and politics, and quantitative methodology. My research has been supported through a Fulbright Research grant, Title VIII Advanced Research Fellowship, and Wisconsin Russia Project grant. 

My work has been featured in Democratization and is forthcoming in Comparative Politics. I recently contributed to the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog.