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My ongoing research focuses on corruption, the rule of law, property rights, and political and economic transitions.  Although my primary regional expertise is the former Soviet Union, I also have conducted research on Central-Eastern Europe and Latin America. I am the author of Property Rights in Post-Soviet Russia: Violence, Corruption, and Demand for Law (Cambridge University Press). Other recent publications have appeared in the American Journal of Political Science, the American Political Science Review, Comparative Political Studies, Post-Soviet Affairs, Problems of Post-Communism, and Studies in International Comparative Development. I received my Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in 2011. Prior to my doctoral studies, I was a Junior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, DC, a recipient of two US State Department fellowships to Moscow, and a Resident Director for the American Councils for International Education's student exchange program in St. Petersburg, Russia.

I am at work on a new book manuscript, tentatively titled To Steal or to Serve? Motivations for Public Service in Corrupt States. Drawing on evidence from Russia, Ukraine, and Georgia, the study examines the roots of systemic corruption and investigates strategies for curtailing the predatory states that plague citizens throughout much of the world. During the 2016-2017 academic year, I served as a Fulbright Scholar teaching and conducting research in Ukraine.