I am currently a Research Scholar and Associate Director for Research at Stanford Univeristy’s Global Digital Policy Incubator Program. Previously, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow in Russian Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I received my PhD in politics from NYU, as well as my MA from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and my BA from Macalester College.
Besides my academic accomplishments, I have spent several years studying and working in the post-communist world including in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania and Bosnia.
My research explores how changes in technology change the ways in which individuals and states use and have access to information, and how this affects protest and other forms of political behavior. My dissertation was focused predominantly on exploring these topics as they related to the EuroMaidan protests in Ukraine. In addition to ongoing projects about Ukraine, I am working on several projects focused on Russian state strategies of information, particularly the use of RT news.
Much of my work has been as a graduate research associate in the Social Media and Political Participation lab at NYU, and has included substantial work with big data, especially from Twitter.
My scholarly work has been published in The Journal of Comparative Economics and Slavic Review. I have also had my analysis published in the Monkey Cage Blog at The Washington Post, The Huffington Post and Al Jazeera English.