I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, George Washington University. I was born in the USSR (current-day Ukraine) in the city of L'viv (if you are a Ukrainian nationalist), L'vov (if you are a Russian nationalist), Lwów (if you are a Polish nationalist), Lemberg (if you are an Austro-Hungarian nationalist), or Leopolis (the only way to be neutral). When I was 12, 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, East European, and Israeli politics. More specifically, I am interested in how institutions and individuals respond to 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. I am the author of Ordinary Jews: Choice and Survival during the Holocaust (Princeton University Press, 2017) and my articles have appeared and forthcoming in the American Political Science Review, Comparative Political Studies, Comparative Politics, East European Politics and Societies, Slavic Review, Democratization, and several other journals and edited volumes.

I am currently working on several projects that analyze the causes and impact of political violence in Eastern Europe and Israel/Palestine. For more details please view my CV.