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I am an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at Fordham University. My research interests include comparative democratization, social movements, public opinion, and youth, with the regional focus on Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. In the book Citizens in the Making in Post-Soviet States (Routledge 2011), I examined political attitudes of adolescents in Russia and Ukraine. My current research project focuses on nonviolent youth movements in five post-communist states: Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Serbia, and Ukraine.
At Fordham I teach a variety of political science courses with a thematic or regional focus, including China and Russia in Comparative Perspective, Politics of the European Union, and Comparative Political Analysis. In spring 2013 I offered an interdisciplinary capstone course Youth and Politics with a study abroad component and took a group of undergraduate students to Lviv, Ukraine so that they could compare patterns of political behavior among American and Ukrainian youth.