I am an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Iowa. I joined UI faculty after receiving my PhD from Northwestern University in 2012 and a Master’s degree in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin in 2007.
My research interests span criminology, sociology of law, international and transnational sociology, comparative historical methods, and political sociology. My current work focuses on structural and cultural causes of economic crime and corruption in non-democratic, developing countries, with a particular focus on post-Soviet Eastern Europe. I have also published on the topics of international human rights, politics of migration, and legal profession in the United States. My research has been featured in Law & Social Inquiry, Population & Development Review, Crime, Law & Social Change, Comparative Sociology, and other venues.
Currently, I am working on a book, tentatively called Not Every Man Has His Price: Political Regimes and Bureaucratic Corruption in Ukraine and Belarus, which analyzes how different trajectories of socio-political development shape bribery and nepotism in street-level bureaucracies of post-Soviet societies. The book is based on ethnography, interviews, and archival work. My professional awards include grants from the National Science Foundation, Open Society institute, and the American Bar Foundation. At Iowa, I teach courses in ,, and .