Standard Deviation Map for Russia's 2012 Presidential Election created by Bryon Moraski

Scholarly Interests

My teaching and research focus on the comparative study of political institutions and elections. In The Regional Roots of Russia's Political Regime, Bill Reisinger and I investigate the Kremlin's changing relationship with regional actors to understand the origins and operation of the current regime. We depict Russia as a spatially differentiated hybrid regime and demonstrate the importance of investigating politics beyond Moscow's ring road to answering fundamental questions about Russian politics.

Elections by Design was my first book on politics in Russia's regions. In it, I examined the origins of legislative electoral systems at the subnational level in Russia.

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