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. Currently, I am a George F. Kennan Fellow at the Kennan Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. 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 post-Soviet 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, and The  Washington Post.