I am Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Government and an affiliate of the Center for European Studies, Davis Center, and Institute for Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University. I am also affiliated with the Politics Through Time program. My research focuses on historical political economy, nation- and state-building, and ethnic politics.
My book-length dissertation examines the long-run effects of forced migration in the aftermath of World War II in Eastern Europe, synthesizing several decades of micro-level data collected during a year of fieldwork in Poland, funded by the Social Science Research Council and Center for European Studies. I show that by uprooting traditional communities and bringing together culturally diverse migrants, forced migration, paradoxically, produced a wealthier and more entrepreneurial society.
I am also engaged in a long-term project on the legacies of the Holocaust in Eastern Europe. This work investigates the effects of Holocaust-era property redistribution in the vicinity of Nazi death camps and draws attention to how conflicts in the distant past can, in the present day, create discursive and organizational opportunities for the populist right.
My research combines statistical methods, including spatial and content analysis, with extensive field and archival research. It has appeared in Comparative Political Studies, European Journal of International Relations and won 2016 APSA European Politics and Societies Section Best Paper Award.
Between 2010 and 2016, I served as an executive editor of Belarus Digest, a website that provides non-partisan analysis of Belarusian politics. I also contributed articles to National Interest, Transitions Online, Arms Control Today, The Stanford Post-Soviet Post, and other media.