I am associate professor of Political Science Department at the University of Notre Dame, with a Ph.D. from the from University of California Berkeley. I am also concurrent faculty at the Keough School for Global Affairs. Before joining Notre Dame’s faculty, I was a post-doc at the University of Chicago. My main research foci are political economy and post-Soviet political and economic development.
My projects have been supported through research funding from Notre Dame and various external funding sources, including the Swiss National Science Foundation, the European Commission/Marie-Curie Actions, the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Studies and the Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society. During the 2018/2019 Academic Year I was a EURIAS Fellow at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Studies. In mid-2020, I will start a project funded on post-Soviet rural recoveries funded by the Östersjöstiftelsen.
My book Post-Soviet Power: State-led Development and Russia’s Marketization (2015, Cambridge University Press) examines the political economy of newly created electricity markets in Russia, and more generally engages with questions how we study markets in the post-Soviet context and beyond. The book was awarded honorable mention in the 2016 Ed. Hewett Book Prize for an outstanding monograph in political economy, by the Association for Study of Eastern Europe, Eurasian and Slavic Studies (ASEEES). I conduct research and publish on other aspects of the post-Soviet transformations - on the effects of sanctions, on welfare reforms and the politics of expertise. My publications have appeared in Governance, Governance and Regulation, Economy and Society, Studies in Comparative International Development, Slavic Review, Europe-Asia Studies, Post-Soviet Affairs, the Russian Analytical Digest and the Chicago Policy Review (see research page).
The empirical focus of my current project is agriculture and food production. I am working on a book manuscript tentatively entitled Setting the Table, which examines the evolution of industrial food systems in Soviet and post-Soviet Russia.
When I am not working, I like to cook, bike, swim and read, but mostly, I like to hang out with my amazing kids, Oren, Artur, Aino and Alex. I am part of the sourdough bread making club; largely because it's the only way to eat good & fresh bread and because it's fun.