Welcome. I am an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto. My work examines how international forces shape democracy and domestic reforms,   and has appeared in International Organization, International Theory, and Perspectives on Politics. I was born in Russia and received my Ph.D. from Columbia University.

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My book Aftershocks: Great Powers and Domestic Reforms in the Twentieth Century is now available from Princeton University Press.
It's part of their International History and Politics series.

Chapter 1 is available here.
Google Books seems to have big chunks as well. Either way, thanks for taking a look.

A Washington Post spring reading recommendation (April 2017)

Recent Updates

April 6, 2017. I have a piece in the Washington Post's Monkey Cage blog, on how the St. Petersburg subway bombing will affect Russian politics and the US-Russia relationship.

April 4, 2017. My book has been named as one of the five recommended "spring reading" books by The Washington Post.

April 3, 2017. Interview on CBC Radio (Toronto) about the St. Petersburg subway bombing.

March 28, 2017. My book Aftershocks has been officially released by Princeton University Press. Paperback about $30, e-book also available. (Princeton UP link; Amazon link; link)

March 21, 2017. I have an op-ed on Canada's role in Ukraine in today's Globe and Mail. Short take: to diminish Putin's influence, forget Russia and focus on building Ukraine.

March 13, 2017. Tanisha Fazal and I have a blog post on norm death, at Political Violence @ A Glance. (and see my working paper on the subject). Short take: even seemingly entrenched norms can quickly disappear if great powers no longer find them useful.

March 10, 2017. Interview on The Agenda with Steve Paikin on Canada, NATO, and the conflict in Ukraine. With the great Dominique Arel. If you don't feel like watching the whole thing, here are two short clips: CLIP1  CLIP2

March 3, 2017. Interview on CBC radio (Toronto) on US-Russian relations. And another for CBC radio (Ottawa).

(For an archive of past updates, see HERE.)

Recent Research

Working papers. See RESEARCH section for recent publications, abstracts, paper downloads, and more information.

Great Powers and Norm Cascades in Global Politics. Working paper. Presented at the workshop on "Sovereignty in Contested Spaces." Princeton University, September 28-29, 2016.

From the Spring of Nations to the Arab Spring: Democratic Waves in Historical Perspective.        Working paper.

The Organizational Ecology of State Formation. Working paper. Presented at the Organizational Ecology and Global Governance Workshop, Princeton University, December 1-3, 2016.

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