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)
  • [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] Modernization and Mobilization in Eurasia: Economic Reforms and Political Beginnings in Russia, Iran, China & Turkey (Tentative Title)
Working Papers/Under Review
  • Voting Together, Economic Adversity and Voter Turnout in Authoritarian Elections: Evidence from Russia and Iran

  • Modernization and Voter Turnout in Authoritarian Elections: The White Revolution and Elections to the Iranian National Assembly

  • Voter Turnout and Public Goods Provision in the Face of Ethnic Diversity: Evidence from Turkey under AKP

  • Industrial Development versus Agrarian Constituency: The Russian Constituent Assembly Elections in 1917
Work in Progress
  • Political Ideology and Network Distance Metrics, Methods and Validation

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
  • 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