I am a Professor of Politics and, by courtesy, Russian and Slavic Studies at New York University with an affiliate appointment at NYU-Abu Dhabi. I am a Co-PI of the NYU Social Media and Political Participation laboratory (SMaPP) and a Co-Director of the NYU Center for Social and Political Behavior. I am also a Co-Author of the award winning politics and policy blog The Monkey Cage (which has now moved to the Washington Post!), and the Co-Editor of the new Journal of Experimental Political Science (which is now accepting manuscripts!). I am currently serving as the Vice-President of the Midwest Political Science Association, the political science representative to the Executive Board of the Association for the Study of East European and Eurasian Societies, and as a member of the American Political Science Association's Presidential Task Force on Public Engagement. I am also the director of graduate placement for the Ph.D. program in NYU's Politics Department (so let me know if you want to hire an NYU Ph.D this year), as well as on the Advisory Board for NYU's Jordan Center for Advanced Study of Russia. In 2006, I became the first scholar of post-communist politics to be awarded the Emerging Scholar Award for the top scholar in the field of Elections, Public Opinion, and Voting Behavior within 10 years of the doctorate, and in 2012 I was part of an interdisciplinary four-person team of NYU faculty to win one the National Science Foundation's inaugural INSPIRE - CREATIV grants.
My major field is comparative politics with an emphasis on mass politics, including elections and voting, the development of partisan attachment, public opinion formation, and political protest, as well as how social media usage affects all of these types of political behavior. My primary regional specialization is in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.
I have recently begun a new interdisciplinary project on the effect of social media on political participation. Check out our recent reports on the use of Twitter in the 2013 Turkish protests and tweeting by members of Congress during the US government shutdown.
I am (hopefully!) in the last stages of completing a new book manuscript, co-authored with Grigore Pop-Eleches, on the effect of the legacies of communism on attitudes towards political and economic issues among post-communist citizens. Tentatively titled Communism's Shadow, drafts of Chapters 1, 2, and 4 are now available here. You can also download a more concise conference paper version of these three chapters.
I am also involved in a number of other ongoing research projects, including the comparative study of variation in the strength of partisanship across countries, parties, and individuals; the determinants of mass protest (especially following electoral fraud); the effect of corruption on voting behavior; why we witness the emergence of new political parties more often in some countries than others; and how best to measure electoral volatility. You can find papers and articles from all of these projects - as well as from other research projects - on the research page of this website.
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