Book jacket design for Tomas Cizek's The Ruse
PEER-REVIEWED BOOK >> Post-Soviet Graffiti: Free Speech in Authoritarian States (In Contract Negotiations)
Post-Soviet Graffiti: Free Speech in the Streets evaluates street art as a viable avenue of political expression, effective in circumventing autocratic censorship. Post-Soviet Graffiti culminates a ten-year ethnographic study of political street art across the post-Soviet and post-Communist Europe regions. Using longitudinal and cross-sectional analyses, this book is the first systematic, comparative study of how graffiti is used as a political tool in the post-Soviet region and era.
DISSERTATION >> “The Calculus of Dissent Management in Authoritarian States” (Supervised by Lucan Way)
My dissertation addresses the theme of authoritarian state control, asking which political opposition candidates running for president encounter targeted state repression. In “The Calculus of Dissent Management in Authoritarian States,” I amass the professional biographies of over 4,100 potential presidential candidates across the post-Soviet region from 1991-2018. Using an original dataset and a mixed-methods approach that includes both quantitative modeling and in-depth case studies, I show that incumbent presidents in autocratic states are less likely to repress independent candidates with robust foreign ties. This implies that popular opinion in one nation can influence the fate of a candidate in another. This project contributes to big questions in the field—most salient, how do autocratic leaders perceive and respond to political threats? My research also contributes methodologically, as I develop an innovative method for studying the nuances of authoritarian elections and behavior under conditions of limited information.
NEXT PROJECT >> “Who is to Blame: The Effect of National Narratives and Assimilation on Individual Holocaust Memories”
In this project, I apply a series of text codes to analyze the Shoah Foundation’s 55,000 video-recorded testimonies of Holocaust survivors. A beta test shows how assimilation impacts how survivors recall which nationalities and political leaders helped or hurt them during the war. This project continues my interests in conflict and state behavior, while moving in a new direction to examine the effects of nationalism on individual memory.
Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles
“The Co-optation of Dissent in Authoritarian States: Post-Soviet Graffiti in Moscow.” Comparative Political Studies. Forthcoming.
"Mitigating the Risks of Resource Extraction for Industrial Actors and Northern Indigenous Peoples." Arctic Review on Law and Politics, 8: 23-51. (2017) With Victoria Koshurina, Olga Chistanova, and Angela Wheeler.
“Crime and Punishment: Hate Crime Legislation, Public Opinion Polling, and the Jewish Minority in Contemporary Russia.” Journal of Jewish Thought 1, no. 5 (December 2015): 57-72.
“Russian Revolutionary Women’s Movements: Formation, Progression and Demise. 1867 – 1881.” University of Michigan Journal of Political Science 3, no. 2 (Spring 2017): 19-39. With Viktoria Koshurina, Olga Chistanova, and Angela Wheeler.
Invited Book Chapters
“What Can Data Science Teach Us About the Holocaust?” The Routledge Handbook on Religion and Genocide. Edited by Sara E. Brown and Stephen Smith. Abingdon: Routledge. (forthcoming)
“Partizaning, Various Interventions. Moscow.” Out of Time, Out of Place: Public Art (Now). Edited by Clare Doherty. London: Thames and Hudson. (2015)
Manuscripts in Preparation
“Build Your Own Statistics Course” (with Andrew Gelman)
“On the Run: Opposition Candidate Behavior in Hybrid Authoritarian Regimes” (with Colleen Wood)
“Is Scholarly Track-Two Diplomacy Effective in an Age of US-Russia Tensions?”
“The Application of Social Scientific Methods to Oral Histories of the Holocaust”