I am a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the Russian and East European Studies Centre (a part of the Oxford School of Global and Area Studies, University of Oxford). The project I am investigating is entitled "Bureaucracy in the transition to democracy: testing a theoretical assumption". More details of this work can be found here.

My main research agenda focuses on two aspects of bureaucracies and bureaucratic organization. First, I am interested in bureaucracies as a direct point of intersection between state and society, concentrating in particular on the incentives faced by bureaucrats. Second, I study how their organization and operations advance bureaucracies’ goals. To date, I have devoted my time to the analysis of two very different organizations: the East German Ministry for State Security (Stasi) and the British Treasury (HM Treasury).

As a part of my study of the Stasi, I conducted research at the archives of the Federal Commissioner for the Stasi Records (BStU) and constructed a dataset based on files of almost 300 informants of the Stasi. My research offers lessons about authoritarian survival that emerge from the analysis of these files. 

In my work on the HM Treasury, I have been a part of a team utilizing archival materials, official publications, as well as interviews with key players in UK public spending, to answer questions concerning the approaches taken to control public expenditure, as well as their efficacy.

You can find my current (September 2020) CV here.