My current research is focused on two main areas:

  • Comparative political economy of competitive authoritarianism
  • Network analysis and digital methods in political science

A summary of the themes along with relevant papers are included below. For a complete list of my publications, please see my CV.

Modernization and Mobilization in Eurasia

Current papers and projects:

  • Voting Together: Economic Adversity and Voter Turnout in Authoritarian Elections
  • The Logic of Voter Turnout in Authoritarian Elections
  • Special Interest Politics and Public Goods Provision in the Face of Ethnic Diversity
  • Democratic Breakdown: New Party Entries and Strategic Utilization of Cleavages
  • Structure of Political Deliberation as a Method of Ideology Estimation
  • Redistribution and Democratization: Evidence from the 1990s Russia
  • State Capacity and the Logic of Anti-Corruption Campaign in China
  • Rise of Radical Parties in German Politics, Logic and Illustrations
  • Determinants of Voter Turnout in Contemporary Russia
  • Ethnic Divisions and Origins of Electoral Democracy in the Turkish/Ottoman State
Network Collective Action

Book: Leading from the Periphery and Network Collective Action


  • [Political Communication January 2014 – 31(1) ] “Media Disruption and Revolutionary Unrest: Evidence from Mubarak’s Quasi-Experiment,” Link
    • This study was featured in the NYTimes 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
  • Political Ideology and Network Distance Metrics, Methods and Validation
  • [PS: Political Science & Politics April 2013 – 46(2)] “Tracking the Semantics of Politics: A Case for Online Data Research in Political Science” Link
  • “The Strategy of Perception in Third Party Interventions,” Link
  • “Transparency and Repression: An Explanation for the Democratic Civil Peace,” Link