I am a political scientist and currently a postdoctoral teaching fellow at Bard College Berlin. I received my Ph.D. from Central European University (summa cum laude). In my research, I compare the survival strategies of authoritarian regimes in Central Asia and beyond and am particularly interested in how autocratic leaders justify their rule.

I work with qualitative and quantitative methods - or both! I am passionate about cutting-edge approaches such as fsQCA, quantitative text analysis, web scraping and other computational methods.

The different sections of this website provide further information about my publications and on-going projects, my teaching experience, and other matters related to my research.