I am a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Government at Cornell University. My research and teaching interests include comparative politics, international relations, authoritarianism, social movements, and environmental politics, with an area focus on Russia and China.
My dissertation examines state-society relations under authoritarianism, with a focus on environmental civil society in Russia and China. It explains the variation in how each state treats environmental groups by examining the opportunities and threats facing both sets of actors, as shaped by political structure, economic conditions, and historical legacy. The dissertation is based on more than 13 months of fieldwork in both countries, including over 140 interviews with NGO leaders, journalists, researchers, and government officials.
I hold an MA from the Russian & East European Institute at Indiana University Bloomington and a BA in Government and Russian & East European Studies from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut.