I am a UCIS/REES postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pittsburgh.  I also host the podcast New Books in Russian and Eurasian Studies.  I received my PhD in History at UCLA.


Peer Reviewed

Profiles in Exhaustion and Pomposity: the Everyday Life of Komsomol cadres in the 1920s,” Carl Beck Papers, no. 2303, 2014.

Culture Clash in the Socialist Paradise: Soviet Patronage and African Students’ Urbanity in the Soviet Union, 1957-1965,” Diplomatic History, 38, 2014, 271-281

The Shattered Self of Komsomol Civil War Memoirs,” Slavic Review, 71:3, Fall 2012, 546-565.

Journalism and Opinions

Russia! Magazine columns

Donbas Miners and the People’s Republics,” Warscapes, 15 July, 2014

Is Russia Suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?The New Republic, 23 April, 2014

The Gendarme of Eurasia,” Warscapes, 20 March, 2014

Demystifying the media caricatures of Pussy Riot,” The World Today, 70, 1, 2014

Ukraine’s Economy: Between a Rock and a Hard Place,” Warscapes, 21 February, 2014

Russian politics has always been patrimonial,” Russia Direct, 19 December 2013

How Russian Nationalism Fuels Race Riots,” The Nation, 1 November, 2013

Repression and Gay Rights in Russia,” The Nation, 26 September, 2013

Sistema: How Power Works in Modern RussiaRussia Direct, 17 September, 2013

Corruption, Not Migrants, Is Russia’s Problem,” The Nation, 30 August, 2013

The (Political) Trials of Innovation,” Center on Global Interests, 22 August, 2013

A Worker’s Struggle,” with Thomas Campbell, N+1 Magazine, 25 January, 2013 translation of Andrei Veselov, “Rabochaia borba,” Russian Reporter, No. 33 (262), August 23, 2012

Politkovskaya and Putin—Six and Sixty,” Warscapes, October, 2012

Russia’s Prosthetic Volunteerism,” Warscapes, July 2012.

Rampaging Through RuNet,” NewsNet: News of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, 52:2, June 2012, 8-10.

Russian Opposition Leader Alexei Navalny: Uniting Nationalists and the Urban, Educated Middle ClassThe Exiled, 26 December 2011

The ‘New Decembrists’ face off against PutinAl-Jazeera, 8 December 2011

Why haven’t the 2011 protests hit Russia?” Al-Jazeera, 21 November 2011

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Cold War IIPajamas Media, 28 August, 2008

Nashi: Is it really the End?” The eXile, April 2008

Russian Academia Under Fire.” The eXile, March 2008

Russia’s New President … ‘Putvedev’?” Pajamas Media, 4 March 2008

A Russia-Watcher’s FairytaleThe eXile, 28 December 2007

The Short Happy Life of a Russian Anti-Corruption InvestigatorPajamas Media, 29 September 2007

“Fall ‘Cleaning’ in Russia,” Pajamas Media, 12 September 2007

Book Reviews

Masha Gessen, The Man Without a Face and Richard Sakwa, Putin Redux, in The New Left Review, forthcoming.

Susan Grant, Physical Culture and Sport in Soviet Society, in Revolutionary Russia, 27:1, 2014

Matthias Neumann, The Communist Youth League and the Transformation of the Soviet Union, 1917-1932, in The Journal of Cold War Studies, forthcoming.

Semion Lyandres, Fall of Tsarism: Untold Stories of February 1917 Revolution, in Russian Review, 73, 1, 2014.

Putin as Celebrity and Cultural Icon, Helena Goscilo, ed., CES’ Reviews & Critical Commentary, 27 November 2013

Soviet Youth Culture during the Cold War,” Dissertation Reviews, September 2012

Riot in the Cathedral,” A review of Irina Papkova, The Orthodox Church and Russian Politics, The Revealer: A Daily Review of Religion and Media, 30 March, 2012

Igal Halfin, Red Autobiographies on Trial, in The NEP Era: Soviet Russia 1921-1928, 5, 2011