Greetings, and welcome to my web page! I currently work as an Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Relations at Nazarbayev University and I reside in Nur-Sultan, Republic of Kazakhstan. I received my PhD in Political Science from The George Washington University. I study Comparative Politics and International Relations with a focus on Central/Southwest Asia, Russia, and the Gulf. I am interested in conducting research on authoritarianism, state building, proxy wars, political violence, Russian foreign and domestic policy, as well as Eurasian civil society.