I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, George Washington University. I was born in L'viv (USSR ; current-day Ukraine) and grew up during the Perestroika. In 1990, when I was 13, my family moved to Israel, where I lived in the world's most beautiful and craziest city—Jerusalem. I received a BA in Political Science and International Relations at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a PhD in Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
I study political violence, Russian and East European politics. My research focuses on how institutions and individuals respond to extreme situations: violence, crisis, and rapid change. I work at the intersection of political science and history and strive to promote a better dialogue between the two disciplines. 

My first book, Ordinary Jews: Choice and Survival during the Holocaust (Princeton University Press, 2017) analyzes how Soviet and Polish Jews chose their survival strategies under the Nazi occupation. I argue that these choices were shaped by the policies of the pre-Holocaust political regimes: USSR, Poland, Romanov and Habsburg Empires. Articles, related to this project were also published in the American Political Science Review, Comparative Politics, and Genocide Studies and Prevention.

I am currently working on two major research projects. The first project, co-authored with Scott Gehlbach and additional co-authors analyzes the impact of institutional reforms on social stability in Russia. Our research on this topic has been published and forthcoming in the American Political Science Review, Comparative Political Studies, and Slavic Review. We are also working on a book manuscript, entitled Tocqueville's Warning: Reform and Rebellion in Russia. The second project, co-authored with Volha Charnysh focuses on the long-term effects of mass violence and war by analyzing a number of case studies in Poland, Ukraine, and Russia. The first paper of this project has been recently published in the American Political Science Review.

Together with Yitzhak Brudny (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) I have edited a special issue of the Democratization journal and an edited volume (Routledge, 2013) that analyze authoritarian governments' reactions to Colored Revolutions in the ex-USSR and Iran. I also published articles on various aspects of post-communist politics in Comparative PoliticsEast European Politics and Societies, Global Society and several other journals. As a freelance journalist I have published articles in a number of Russian print and online media outlets, such as Vokrug Sveta, RosBusinessConsulting, ad Polit.Ru

For more details about my work please view my CV.