As a comparativist with a secondary field in international relations, the regional focus of my research is mainly, though not exclusively, on Russia and the post-communist states of Eastern Europe.

Thematically, I’m most interested in:

  • Politics of History and Memory
  • Religion and Politics
  • Democracy and Nationalism
  • Arctic Politics
  • Status-Seeking Behavior in IR
  • Toxic Substance Regulatory Regimes

Currently I am completing a book manuscript examining how contentious interpretations of 20th century historical events have shaped relations between post-communist Poland, Russia, and Ukraine, in addition to working on a number of solo-authored articles.

I am also collaborating with Félix Krawatzek (ZOiS Berlin) on a long-term research program dealing with the politics of history and memory, which includes compiling a unique database of European memory laws and surveying Russians about how they regard the Soviet past and the present-day uses it has been put to by the Kremlin. You can get a better sense of its scope by listening to the podcast that resulted from the international conference we organized at Harvard in August 2018 (selected conference papers will be published in East European Politics and Societies and Problems of Post-communism in 2020).

I am likewise working with several other collaborators on various projects. These include guest editing a special issue on Christianity and the State in the Middle East and North Africa for Religion, State and Society and another on Christianity in Authoritarian Contexts for Politics and Religion (with Christopher Rhodes, Boston University); guest-editing a special issue of Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics and Societies focusing on Russia’s contemporary relations with states in its “near abroad” (with Tomasz Stępniewski, John Paul II Catholic University, Lublin); an article examining Russian and Chinese status-seeking behavior (with Jeanne Wilson, Wheaton); and experiment-based research dealing with how to improve student writing outcomes in the social sciences (with Colin Brown [Northeastern] and Sarah James [Harvard]).

You can see my academic publications here.