I am a PhD Candidate in Political Science at Columbia University specializing in International Relations and Comparative Politics.
I research energy politics, international political economy, Russian foreign policy, institutions, development and European politics. My work has appeared in the Journal of International Affairs, The Christian Science Monitor and the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs. I also blog at Commenting Together.
My dissertation, Poisoned By Gas, explains variation in energy security policy across Europe. Based on interviews, archival work and statistical evidence, I show why some states fail to reduce energy dependence on a main supplier state even when they have the opportunity to do so. Using an original dataset of bi-lateral natural gas contracts, I create a new index of energy dependence that facilitates the comparison of energy security both within case across time and cross-nationally.
I have conducted fieldwork in Russia, Ukraine, Germany, Hungary, Lithuania and Poland, interviewing government officials, corporate actors, policymakers and local actors. I have also held research appointments at the European Council on Foreign Relations and the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW).