Research Interests
Academic Appointments
  • Associate Professor, Political Science Department, Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia, 2016-
  • Adjunct Professor, 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)
  • [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
  • [Proposal Stage] Modernization and Mobilization in Eurasia: Economic Reforms and Political Beginnings in Russia, Iran, China & Turkey (Tentative Title)
Current Projects
  • Resource Economy and Electoral Turnout, Russia post 2000
  • Modernization and Mobilization, Elements of Turnout in Nascent Electoral Institutions: Iran’s pre- and post-1979 National Elections
  • Ethnicity or Economics? Public Goods Provision and Turnout in Turkey under AKP
  • Varieties of Political Conversation on Social Media during the 2016 U.S. Presidential Primaries
Select Papers: 
1. 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
    • The New York Times Feature
2. Working Papers/Under Review
  • Modernization Theory and Development Without Democracy: Evidence from Elections to the Iranian National Assembly 1906-1975 Link
  • Industrial Development versus Agrarian Constituency: The Russian Constitutional Democracy 1905-1917 Link
  • The Elections to the First Chinese National Assembly and Warlordism at the Eve of the Anfu Congress 1912-1920
  • Meclis-i Mebusan and the Ottoman Parliamentary Elections in the Second Constitutional Era 1908-1920
  • Hushed Dissent: Permanent Incumbency Advantage and Varieties of Online Political Dialogue under Competitive Authoritarianism Link
  • A Quasi-Experimental Study of Contagion and Coordination in Urban Conflict: Evidence from The Syrian Civil War in Damascus Link
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