I am an Associate Professor in the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies and Director of the Ellison Center for Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies at the University of Washington. I do research on post-Soviet politics, covering topics such as protests, authoritarianism, identity, and state building.
Current projects include a laboratory experiment on historical narratives and identity in the Caucasus; a survey experiment on the determinants of belief in conspiracies; and a survey experiment on ethnicity and redistribution in Georgia. I am also investigating the process of state-building after Georgia's Rose Revolution. My book, Weapons of the Wealthy: Predatory Regimes and Elite-Led Protests in Central Asia, was published by Cornell University Press in 2010. Articles have appeared in journals including Comparative Politics, Comparative Political Studies, Journal of Democracy, and Europe-Asia Studies.
I teach courses on the international system in the twentieth century, social movements and revolutions, contemporary Central
Asian politics, post-Soviet security, and failed states.
Jackson School of International Studies University of Washington Thomson Hall, Box 353650 Seattle, WA 98195 (206) 543-2467 email@example.com
Jackson School of International Studies
University of Washington
Thomson Hall, Box 353650
Seattle, WA 98195