CV and publications


Journal articles

“Identity, social mobility and ethnic mobilization: Language and the disintegration of the Soviet Union.” Forthcoming. Comparative Political Studies.

“Is Putin’s popularity real?” With Timothy Frye, Scott Gehlbach and Ora John Reuter. 2017. Post-Soviet Affairs. SSRN. Dataverse.

“Ethnicity as a variable: An assessment of measures and datasets of ethnicity and related identities.” With Yoshiko Herrera. 2015. Social Science Quarterly.  96 (3), 689-716. Ethnicity dataset website.

“Stabilization and symbolism: Language and regional politics in the Chuvash Republic.” 2012. Nationalities Papers. 40 (1), 127-147.

 “Framing language policy in post-Soviet Azerbaijan: Political symbolism and interethnic harmony.” 2011. Central Asian Survey. 30 (2), 181-196.

Book chapters

“Language and sovereignty: A comparative analysis of language policy in Tatarstan and Kazakhstan, 1991-2010.” 2015. In Identity and Politics in Central Asia and the Caucasus. eds. Mohammed Ayoob and Murad Ismayilov. Working paper versionUCLA Program on Central Asia Working Paper 4.


“Measuring democracy with expert-coded data.” 2017. American Political Science Association Comparative Democratization (APSA-CD) Newsletter. 15(2). Dataverse.

Nation-building and language policy in post-Soviet Azerbaijan.” 2010. Azerbaijan in the World. 3 (19), 1-6.

Under review

“Xenophobia in Russia in the 2000s.” With Hannah S. Chapman, Theodore Gerber and Yoshiko M. Herrera.

“IRT models of expert-coded data.” With Daniel Pemstein. SSRN.

Working papers

“Constraining governments: New indices of vertical, horizontal and diagonal accountability.” With Anna Lührmann and Valeriya Mechkova. 2017. V-Dem Working Paper 46.

“The V-Dem measurement model: Latent variable analysis for cross-national and cross-temporal expert-coded data.” With Daniel Pemstein, Eitan Tzelgov, Yi-ting Wang, Joshua Krusell and Farhad Miri. 2017. V-Dem Working Paper 21.

Conference papers

“Experts versus crowds: Under what circumstances can crowd-sourced data substitute for expert-coded data?” With Michael Bernhard, Staffan Lindberg, Daniel Pemstein, Constanza Sanhueza Petrarca and Brigitte Seim. To be presented at American Political Science Association Annual Meeting. San Francisco, CA. August 31-September 3, 2017.

“Identity, ethnicity and conflict: Social and political inclusion and civil conflict onset.” European Political Science Association Annual Conference. Milan, Italy. June 23, 2017.

“War and democratization in the `long 19th century:’ Introducing the Historical Varieties of Democracy Dataset.” With Carl Henrik Knutsen, et al. European Political Science Association Annual Conference. Milan, Italy. June 23, 2017.

“Measuring case-level variation in expert reliability.” With Daniel Pemstein. Southern Political Science Association Annual Meeting. New Orleans, LA. January 14, 2017.

“Separatism as a multidimensional concept.” Southern Political Science Association Annual Meeting. New Orleans, LA. January 13, 2017.

“What makes experts reliable?” With Daniel Pemstein, Brigitte Seim and Yi-ting Wang. EIP/V-Dem Pre-APSA Mini-Conference. Philadelphia, PA. August 31, 2016.

“Linguistic cleavages, linguistic abilities and support for regional sovereignty: Evidence from Russian regions.” Central Eurasian Studies Society Regional Conference. Kazan, Russian Federation. June 3, 2016.

“Linguistic diversity and conflict: Evidence from the Soviet Union.” Presented at the American Political Science Association Annual Meeting. San Francisco, CA. August 26-29, 2015.

“Timeless Turkmenistan: Natural resources and the cult of personality in a post-Soviet state.” Presented at the Annual Conference of the Midwest Political Science Association. Chicago, IL. March 31-April 3, 2011.