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 international relations and comparative politics. Within these areas, I study contentious politics, democratization, political violence, and foreign policy with a regional focus on Russia and post-Soviet Eurasia. My dissertation explored the effects of exogenous shocks such as commodity price shocks and natural disasters on protests and ethnic riots at cross-national and subnational levels using the cases of Russia and India.
I employ quantitative research methods and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to explain protest and political violence. My regional expertise is in post-Soviet Eurasia, primarily Russia and post-Soviet Eurasia.
I have taught both lower and upper-level courses including International Relations Theory (INR 4603), International Relations Theory and Practice (INR 2002), Causes of War (INR 4060) Government and Politics of Russia (CPO 4643), 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), Kazakhstan.