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I am a Senior Researcher at the Centre for East European and International Studies (ZOiS) in Berlin. I am also an Associate Member of Nuffield College. My research focuses on post-Soviet politics and European politics more broadly. I am particularly interested in the role of youth in politics, the significance of historical representation in political processes and questions related to migration and transnationalism.
My book Youth in Regime Crisis seeks to understand how political regimes respond to the challenges emanating from youth mobilization. This book examines moments of regime resilience and breakdown by analysing the public meaning of youth, as well as the physical mobilization of young people. Mobilization carried by young people is a key component in understanding the stabilisation of the authoritarian regime structures in contemporary Russia, but the Russian experience makes only sense if placed in its broader historical context. Three comparative cases, the breakdown of the authoritarian Soviet Union, the breakdown of the democratic Weimar Republic, and the crisis of the democratic regime in France around 1968 highlight how regimes which lacked popular support have compensated for their insufficient legitimacy by trying to mobilize youth symbolically and politically.
A short CV can be found here.