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Personal profile

I joined RHUL's Department of Politics and International Relations in September 2016 as Teaching Fellow in Politics and I am now Leverhulme Early Career Fellow (since September 2018). I obtained a PhD at University College London in June 2015 and, before joining Royal Holloway, was Lecturer in Politics at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Research interests

I research democratic institutions in ethnically divided societies, at European, national and local levels. I am an area expert in Central and Eastern Europe, and I also write on issues of "democratic backsliding" in the region and comparatively. I am the author of The Quality of Divided Democracies. Minority Inclusion, Exclusion and Representation in the New Europe (University of Michigan Press, 2019) and co-editor of Rethinking 'Democratic Backsliding' in Central and Eastern Europe (SI in East European Politics, 2018Routledge, 2019). 

I am currently working on a second manuscript on Crises, Change and the Governing of Difference: The “Multicultural City” Confronting Austerity, Nativism and Covid-19 (provisional title), funded by the Leverhulme Trust. I am interested in innovative qualitative methods and interdisciplinary collaborations, and as part of this project I have been working with four artists on the multimedia "web-book" www.multiculturalcities.com


PR3910 The Politics of Russia and Eastern Europe 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Politics, PhD, The Quality of Divided Democracies: The Representation of the Russian-Speaking Minorities in Estonia and Latvia, University College London

Award Date: 28 Jun 2015

Politics, Security and Integration, MA, University College London

Award Date: 1 Nov 2009

International Studies, BA, University of Florence

Award Date: 12 Feb 2008

External positions


  • Comparative politics
  • Minority politics
  • Central and Eastern Europe
  • Urban Politics
  • Multiculturalism

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