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Research Interests

  • Politics in Russia and Eurasia, US-Russian relations

  • Social Identities (Nationalism, Separatism, Ethnicity, Xenophobia, Trust, Diversity)

  • International Norms and National Accounts

  • Constructivist Political Economy

Selected Publications

Recent Articles

“Take A Chance: Trust-Building Across Identity Groups,” with Andrew H. Kydd, Journal of Peace Research, forthcoming.

“Transparency in Qualitative Research: An Overview of Key Findings and Implications of the Deliberations” (with Alan Jacobs and Tim Büthe and 48 coauthors), and “Research in Authoritarian and Repressive Contexts” (with Eva Bellin, Sheena Chestnut Greitens, and Diane Singerman), Perspectives on Politics, 2021, 19:1, pp. 171–200.


Eurasia and Postcommunism: Weasel Words?” (with Anton Shirikov, and Dmitrii Kofanov) in “Weasel Words and the Analysis of ‘Postcommunist Politics’: A Symposium,” East European Politics and Societies, 2020, 34:2, pp.283–325.

“Teaching Computerized Content Analysis for Undergraduate Research Papers” (with Steven L. Wilson), PS: Political Science & Politics, 2019, pp. 1–7.


Mirrors of the Economy: National Accounts and International Norms in Russia and Beyond. Cornell University Press, 2010.

  • Honorable Mention for the 2011 Ed A. Hewett Book Prize.

  • Annual award for an outstanding monograph on the political economy of Russia, Eurasia, and Eastern Europe.

Measuring Identity: A Guide for Social Scientists. Edited by Rawi Abdelal, Yoshiko Herrera, Alastair Iain Johnston, and Rose McDermott. Cambridge University Press, 2009.

Imagined Economies: The Sources of Russian Regionalism. Cambridge University Press, 2005.


Contact Information

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Madison, WI 53706

Office: 316 North Hall


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