I am assistant professor in the 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 conducted research and taught classes at the University of Chicago. My projects are supported through research funding from the Swiss National Science Foundation, Notre Dame and one of my projects was recently awarded a grant by the Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society.
For the 2018/2019 Academic Year, I will be a EURIAS Fellow at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Studies.
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 have also conducted research and published 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, Europe-Asia Studies, the Russian Analytical Digest and the Chicago Policy Review (see research page) -- and two further publications are forthcoming in Slavic Review and Post-Soviet Affairs. I recently (June 2018) published a new piece in the Washington Post Monkey Cage.
The empirical focus of my current project is agriculture and food production in Russia and the US. I am working on a number of articles on different aspects of Russian and North American food economies. Most recently, I published an assessment of the effects of Russia's food embargo on domestic producers. I am also working on a book manuscript tentatively entitled Setting the Table, which examines the co-evolution of industrial food systems in the US and post-Soviet Russia over the last twenty-five years.
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.