I am a Rackham Pre-doctoral Fellow and Ph.D. Candidate in the Departments of Political Science and Scientific Computing (Michigan Institute for Computational Discovery and Engineering), with a dual M.S. degree in Statistics at the University of Michigan. I am also a graduate student associate with the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies. I study international relations, comparative politics and quantitative methods.
My research and teaching address a variety of topics related to political violence and its long-run effects on political economy and development, with a special emphasis on the broader Eurasian region. My dissertation studies combat motivation in authoritarian regimes. Specifically, I examine why ordinary civilians support an autocrat’s war-making efforts in the aftermath of repression and marginalization, and how wartime experiences affect repressed citizens’ post-conflict behavior. I develop a theory for how authoritarians repress in anticipation of international conflict, and I draw on original large-scale historical datasets constructed from archival materials to test theory’s implications through an in-depth case study of the Russian Empire. I focus on World War I, the Russian Revolution, the subsequent civil war by tracing the trajectory of individuals from diverse ethnic and religious groups across space and time.
My dissertation work is part of a larger substantive research agenda that seeks to understand the short- and long-run effects of political violence on the political and economic development of states. My methodological agenda is an extension of my substantive interests and is centered around the development of models and tools to ease the processing and linkage of large-scale data from multiple sources. I am passionate about synthesizing data science, history, and developmental economics with political science to better understand drivers and outcomes of violence. My research has been published in the Journal of Peace Research. My published and working papers can be found on my research page and google scholar. You can access my CV here.
My research has been supported by the Carnegie Foundation, Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies, Institute for Social Research, Center for the Education of Women, and several other centers at the University of Michigan. I was a 2016-2017 Marshall Weinberg Population, Development, and Climate Change Fellow at the Population Studies Center, 2015-2016 Emerging Democracy Fellow at the Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies, a 2016 Diversity and Diplomacy Fellow at the Humanity in Action, and a 2010 Black Sea Young Reformers Fellow of the German Marshall Fund and Robert Bosch Foundation.
I hold an MPA (2014) degree from Harvard University and an MA in International Relations from Seton Hall University, John Whitehead School of Diplomacy. I received my BA in International Relations and European Studies from the Azerbaijan University of Foreign Languages.