Ph.D., Ohio State University
Office: 420 Park Hall
Curriculum Vitae (pdf)
Areas of Teaching and Research Interest:
Political Institutions; Interest Group Politics; Business-State Relations; Politics of Economic Development; Political Economy of the Post-Communist Transitions; Democratization in Eastern Europe and State Building in the New States of Eurasia.
PSC 351, Politics in East European Post-Soviet States
PSC 426, Comparative Political Institutions
different research programs I currently pursue. My first research project addresses special interest groups' politics in the emerging capitalist economies of Eastern Europe and the former USSR. The second research project addresses business-state relations from the state's perspective and investigates the bureaucratic dimension of state regulatory policy. I recently began a third project, which extends my interest in collective action to popular protests and online forms of association and directly engages issues of violent conflict and repression. While my primary area of geographical expertise includes East-Central Europe, Russia, and Central Asia, the theoretical focus and methodological approach I take in the latter project lend themselves to the study of popular mobilization during the Arab Spring and the "Occupy" movement in the US.
I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at UB. I received my Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in 2007. In 2007--2008 I was a postdoctoral fellow at Princeton University. My publications, among others, include a book with Cambridge University Press and solo articles in British Journal of Political Science and Comparative Politics.
Selected Recent Research:
“Bureaucratic Discretion and Regulatory Burden: Business Environment under Alternative Regulatory Regimes,” British Journal of Political Science, January 2012
“Firm Lobbying vs. Sectoral Organization: The Analysis of Business-State Relations in Post-Communist Russia,” Post-Soviet Affairs, October-December 2011.
"Bureaucratic Corruption and Collective Action: Business Associations in the Post-Communist Transition," Comparative Politics, 37, no. 4 (July 2007).