I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science and a dual MA student in the Department of Statistics at the University of Michigan–Ann Arbor. I study political psychology, public opinion, and political behavior both in the United States and comparatively. I am also interested in methodology with particular emphasis on measurement of politically relevant beliefs and attitudes beyond standard survey self-reports.
My research has been published or is forthcoming in the Journal of Politics, Party Politics, Conflict Management and Peace Science, and Post-Soviet Affairs. The paper on the centrality of racial and ethnic partisan sorting for affective polarization in American politics co-authored with Nicholas Valentino won the 2018 Best Paper in Political Behavior award by the Midwest Political Science Association. My full CV can be accessed here.
My core interests are in the area of political cognition, i.e. in the way individuals acquire, process, store, and apply information about government policies, political parties, and candidates running for offices. In my dissertation, I explore how individual differences in perceptions (or schemas) about immigrants affect immigration policy preferences in the United States and Britain. More detailed information about my dissertation is available here.
Before coming to Michigan, I worked as a research fellow in the Laboratory for Comparative Social Research at the Higher School of Economics in St Petersburg, Russia. I also hold an MA in social psychology from Utrecht University (Netherlands) and a BA in economics from St Petersburg State University (Russia).