Welcome! I am currently a China Public Policy Postdoctoral Fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School. I received my Ph.D. in Government from Cornell University in 2018. My research and teaching interests encompass the global study of civil society, authoritarian regimes, and environmental politics, with a focus on the comparative and international politics of China and Russia. My current book project examines environmental activism in Russia and China. The project, based on my dissertation, explains the variation in how each state treats environmental groups by considering the opportunities and threats facing both sets of actors, as shaped by political structure, economic conditions, and historical legacies. It is informed by more than 13 months of fieldwork in both countries, including over 140 interviews with NGO leaders, journalists, researchers, and government officials.
In addition, 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.