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