I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Politics at New York University. I hold a PhD in Political Science (Duke, 2012) and MS in Statistical and Decision Sciences (Duke, 2010). In 2016-2017, I was a National Fellow at Hoover Institution, Stanford. My research focuses on building theoretical models of authoritarian politics and testing them using natural experiments, field experiments, and machine learning tools. I am especially interested in information manipulation through media, propaganda, and elections, as well as causes and consequences of state repression. My empirical work mostly covers Ukraine and Russia, and post-communist Europe more generally. At NYU, I teach courses on comparative politics and advanced statistical methods.