Research Interests
Academic Appointments
  • Associate Professor, Political Science Department, Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia, 2016-
  • Lecturer, Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences (QMSS) Program, Columbia University, 2015-2016
  • Postdoctoral Fellow in Regional Political Economy, The Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University, 2014-2015
Ph.D. in Political Science, Yale (2014)
Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, Stanford (2006)
M.S., B.S. Sharif University of Technology (2002,2001)
  1. [2016, Cambridge University Press] Leading from the Periphery & Network Collective Action Link
    • Winner of Best Book Award (2015-17) from American Political Science Association’s Political Networks Section
  2. [Proposal] Modernization and Mobilization in Eurasia: A Study of Political Beginnings (Tentative Title)
Working Papers/Under Review
  1. Voting Together: Economic Adversity and Voter Turnout in Authoritarian Elections Link
  2. Participation Dilemma: The Logic of Voter Turnout in Authoritarian Elections Link
  3. Special Interest Politics and Public Goods Provision in the Face of Ethnic Diversity
  4. Democratic Breakdown: New Party Entries and Strategic Utilization of Cleavages
  5. Structure of Political Deliberation as a Method of Ideology Estimation
Current Projects
  1. Redistribution and Democratization: Evidence from 1990s Russia
  2. State Capacity and the Logic of Anti-Corruption Campaign in China
  3. Rise of Radical Parties in German Politics, Logic and Illustrations
  4. Determinants of Voter Turnout in Contemporary Russia
  5. Ethnic Divisions and Origins of Electoral Democracy in the Turkish/Ottoman State
Select Papers in Press
  • [Political Communication January 2014 – 31(1) ] “Media Disruption and Revolutionary Unrest: Evidence from Mubarak’s Quasi-Experiment” Link
    • Winner of International Communications Association’s Keith R. Sanders and Lynda Lee Kaid Best Political Communication Article of the Year Award (2015)
    • The New York Times Feature
  • [PS: Political Science & Politics April 2013 – 46(2)] “Tracking the Semantics of Politics: A Case for Online Data Research in Political Science” Link
Previous Drafts
  • A Quasi-Experimental Study of Contagion and Coordination in Urban Conflict: Evidence from The Syrian Civil War in Damascus Link
  • Hushed Dissent: Permanent Incumbency Advantage and Varieties of Online Political Dialogue under Competitive Authoritarianism Link
  • The Strategy of Perception in Third Party Interventions, Link
  • Transparency and Repression: An Explanation for the Democratic Civil Peace, Link
Current Teaching