I am a Research Fellow at the School of Politics, Security, and International Affairs at the University of Central Florida (UCF). I also serve as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Social Sciences and Physical Education at Valencia College. I received my Ph.D. in Security Studies from UCF in May 2019.
I study comparative political behavior with a regional focus on Russia and post-Soviet Eurasia. My primary research interests include protests, public opinion, and voting behavior. Using evidence from Russia, I examine how economic factors and incentives affect the spatial variation of anti-government protests. My other studies explore the autocrats’ use of new communication technologies to influence public opinion and voting behavior on the domestic and global levels.
My broader research interests include ethnic violence, foreign policy analysis, and political psychology. I employ quantitative and computational methods, geospatial tools, and text analysis in my research.
I have taught both lower and upper-level courses including Government and Politics of Russia (CPO 4643), International Relations Theory (INR 4603), International Relations Theory and Practice (INR 2002), Causes of War (INR 4060), International Politics (INR 2002), and U.S. Government (POS 2041) at UCF and Valencia College in the past three years. I also served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for a wide range of courses at UCF.
Prior to my Ph.D. studies, I worked at the United Nations in New York and held teaching positions at universities in Kazakhstan. I also interned at Eurasia Group, political consulting firm in New York, where I wrote analytical reports on political developments and macro-economic trends in Russia and Central Asia. I hold a Masters in International Affairs (MIA) from Columbia University and a B.A. in International Economics from Kazakh State Academy of Management (now Narxoz University).