I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, George Washington University. I was born in L'viv (USSR, current-day Western Ukraine) and grew up during the Perestroika. In 1990 my family moved to Israel, where I lived in Haifa and 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

My research focuses on how institutions and individuals respond to extreme situations: violence, state collapse, 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, inter-war Poland, Romanov and Habsburg Empires. 

My articles have appeared and forthcoming in the American Political Science Review, Comparative Political Studies, Comparative PoliticsEast European Politics and SocietiesSlavic Review, Democratization, and several other journals and edited volumes. 

For more details about my work please view my CV.