Alexis M. Lerner

Alexis M. Lerner is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science and at the Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto, where she is supervised by Lucan A. Way. She is a 2017-2019 Visiting Scholar at Columbia University's Harriman Institute.

Alexis' research interests are in authoritarian regimes, post-Soviet politics, dissent management, research methods, and the Holocaust. Her dissertation is on the topic of dissent management in hybrid states, focusing on the political trajectories of federal-level candidates across the post-Soviet region.

She is the founder and principal researcher of Post-Soviet Graffiti, a research project that focuses on alternative avenues of free expression in the post-Soviet region. This work has been featured by outlets like Vice, Foreign Policy, and Radio Free Europe/ Radio Liberty. 

In 2016, she won one of five university-wide Teaching Excellence Awards at the University of Toronto and has given invited lectures at Columbia University (2018), the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2017), Wayne State University (2015), the University of Illinois-Chicago (2014), and the University of Michigan (2012).

In winter 2019, she is the course instructor for "Jews By the Numbers," a University of Toronto course that melds together methods training and datasets relevant to students of Jewish Studies. She is also the instructor for Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Toronto.

Previously, Alexis served as a Visiting Research Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute for International Relations at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and as the Director of Research for the Stanford University US-Russia Forum. She has a Master's Degree from Georgetown University's Center for Eurasian, Russian, and East European Studies (CERES), and a bachelor's degree in Political Science and Russian & Slavic Studies from McGill University.

Her work has been funded by the International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX), Ontario Graduate Scholarship, the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, the Cosmos Club of Washington, D.C., and the Canadian Friends of Hebrew University, among other generous organizations.