I live in Pittsburgh and received my PhD in Russian History at UCLA.

Articles and Opinions

Russia! Magazine columns

Richard Pipes, the Historian as Essentialist,” Jacobin, July 23, 2018.

Left in a Corner,” Jacobin, June 11, 2018.

Making Sense of the Russian Revolution,” Contrivers Review, March 30, 2018.

It’s the Series Finale for “That Putin Show,” Jacobin, March 18, 2018.

Arrested Development,” Bookforum, Sept/Oct/Nov 2017.

What is a Russian Oligarch,” New Eastern Europe, 5 September 2017.

The Depths of Russia,” Kontrapunkt, 8, 2017 (In Russian).

Not Just an Artifact,” with Ilya Matveev and Ilya Budraitskis, Jacobin, 1 August 2017.

Fear and Loathing,” Bookforum, April/May 2017.

A Genealogy of American Russophobia,” InRussia, 8 February 2017.

Dermokratiya, USA,” Jacobin, 13 March 21017.

Seeking a New Metanarrative,” Political Critique, 26 January 2017.

Putin’s Country,” Kontrapunkt, 6, 2017. (In Russian).

Whatever happened to “Russia without Putin”?” New Eastern Europe, 11 January 2017.

Russian Intellectuals Make Bolshevik Revolution a Virtual Reality, Repeating 100-Year-Old Mistakes,” Global Voices, 13 December 2016

Kremlinology: An Intervention,” Open Democracy, 13 September 2016

Who Killed Boris Nemtsov?,” Open Democracy, 18 March 2015

Review: Mr. Putin-Operative in the Kremlin,” Open Democracy, 9 February 2015

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 Russia” Russia 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 Class” The Exiled, 26 December 2011

The ‘New Decembrists’ face off against Putin” Al-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 II” Pajamas 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 Fairytale” The eXile, 28 December 2007

The Short Happy Life of a Russian Anti-Corruption Investigator” Pajamas Media, 29 September 2007

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

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.

Book Reviews

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

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 PoliticsThe 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