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United States
Queens College and The Graduate Center, CUNY
Georgia; Caucasus; former Communist region; democratization; ethnic conflict; state building
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About Me

I study ethnic politics, state building, democratization and conflict in former communist states.  I am particularly interested in how on-going conflicts interact with governance in states with independence seeking territories, for example Georgia, Moldova, Serbia, and Ukraine.

Recent Publications

“Can Hybrid Regimes Build Constituencies? Ethnic Minorities in Georgian Elections, 1995-2012,” Electoral Studies, Vol. 35 (September 2014): 328-345.

“Ethnic Group Concentration and the Election of Minorities: Evidence from Ukraine,” with Robert G. Moser and Marko Papic, Post-Soviet Affairs, Volume 25, No. 4, 2009, 1-37.

“Will Conquest Pay? In Crimea, Russia Might Come Out Ahead,” with Peter Liberman, Foreign Affairs, March 14, 2014.

“One Year of the Georgian Dream,” (Published in Russian: “Odin god ‘Gryzinskoi m’echty’”) Pro et Contra, Vol. 17, no. 6, November-December 2013.

Building Competitive and Accountable Governance in Georgia,” Current History, Vol. 112, no. 756, October 2013, 277-282.

The Politics of Ethnic Separatism in Russia and Georgia. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.

Media Coverage

Television Interview on Voice of America, broadcast on Georgian Public Television, October 9, 2013.

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