I received my Ph.D. in Political Science from Rutgers University in 2018. My research and teaching are in the field of comparative foreign policy analysis, international relations, comparative politics, with a particular focus on Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.
My book project “Looking East or Looking West: Explaining Variations in the International Alignments of the post-Communist States”, explores why post-Communist states in Europe have followed divergent foreign policy paths after the dissolution of the USSR, some joining the European Union and NATO, and others oscillating between Russia and the West. I undertook extensive fieldwork activities in Eastern Europe, interviewing more than forty policymakers, including former Presidents, Prime Ministers, Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Ambassadors, diplomats and policymakers in both Ukraine and Moldova. I have also studied more than 80,000 pages of diplomatic records, from the diplomatic archives of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs in Ukraine and Moldova.
My broader research interests include public opinion and foreign policy preferences, mass media in Russia and the post-Soviet states, European Union foreign policy, US-Russia relations, and qualitative methodology. My research has been supported through Open Society Foundation Research grants, and Rutgers University Bevier Fellowship.
Comparative foreign policy analysis, public opinion and foreign policy preferences, mass media in Russia and the post-Soviet states, European Union foreign policy, US-Russia relations, international relations, comparative politics.