I am Professor of Political Science at Indiana University.  My primary research interest is in the dynamics of state-society relations in transitional and electoral authoritarian regimes. I have written extensively on political development in the Russian Federation, including my recent book Elections, Protest, and Authoritarian Regime Stability: Russia 2008–2020 (Cambridge University Press, 2020).  My research, largely based on original data collection and analysis, has been funded by the National Science Foundation, International Research and Exchanges Board, US – Russia Foundation, National Council for Eurasian and East European Research, the National Security Education Program, the Smith Richardson Foundation, and the Russian and East European Center, Ostrom Workshop, Department of Political Science, and College of Arts and Sciences at Indiana University.  At Indiana University I teach graduate and undergraduate classes on comparative politics, protest movements, and Russian politics.  I received my PhD from Duke University in 1997.

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