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. My research deals with social mobilization, informal politics, authoritarianism, identity, and state building, with an emphasis on Central Asia and the Caucasus.
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