Welcome! I am currently a fellow at the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance at Princeton University Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. In Fall 2018, I will be starting as an Assistant Professor at MIT.
I received my Ph.D. in Government from Harvard University in May 2017. My research focuses on historical political economy, nation- and state-building, and ethnic politics. My book project examines the long-run effects of forced migration in the aftermath of World War II in Eastern Europe, synthesizing several decades of micro-level data collected during a year of fieldwork in Poland, funded by the Social Science Research Council and Center for European Studies. I show that by uprooting traditional communities and bringing together culturally diverse migrants, forced migration, paradoxically, produced a wealthier and more entrepreneurial society.
I am also engaged in a long-term project on the legacies of the Holocaust in Eastern Europe. This work investigates the effects of Holocaust-era property redistribution in the vicinity of Nazi death camps and draws attention to how conflicts in the distant past can, in the present day, create discursive and organizational opportunities for the populist right.
My work combines statistical methods, including spatial and content analysis, with extensive field and archival research. It has appeared in American Political Science Review, Comparative Political Studies, European Journal of International Relations and won 2016 APSA European Politics and Societies Section Best Paper Award.
Between 2010 and 2016, I served as an executive editor of Belarus Digest, a website that provides non-partisan analysis of Belarusian politics. I also contributed articles to Foreign Affairs, Monkey Cage at the Washington Post, National Interest, Transitions Online, Arms Control Today, and other media.