I am a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow, having recently completed my Ph.D in political science at Columbia University. My research interests include corruption, authoritarian politics, bureaucracy, policing, and political methodology. The geographic focus of my research is on Russia and post-Communist politics. My work has been published in Comparative Political Studies, the Journal of Experimental Political Science, and Europe-Asia Studies.
My dissertation answers the question of why the prevalence of corruption varies so much in non-democratic regimes. I find that political competition depresses levels of corruption, as graft is a tool used by autocrats to monitor and control their agents in the regime. I exploit exogenous variation in political competition to identify this effect, coupled with survey evidence from over 180,000 respondents in Russia from 2001-2016.