I am a second-year graduate student at the Department of Criminology, Law and Society at UCI. My research lies at the intersection of cultural criminology, economic sociology, and the regulation of morality. In particular, I am exploring which factors impede and which factors foster the adoption of cannabis regulation in California cities.
I was born in Moscow in 1986. As a child, I witnessed a dramatic transformation of social and economic life caused by the collapse of the Soviet Union. Those drastic societal changes raised my interest in investigating social reality and shaped my decision to pursue a career of a social scientist.
I graduated in Sociology from Lomonosov Moscow State University (BA, 2008) and the European University in St. Petersburg (MA, 2009), both with distinction. In 2013, I earned the Candidate of Science degree [a Russian doctoral degree] in Sociology at the Higher School of Economics, after completing a thesis on the socio-economic analysis of the Russian funeral services market and its comparison with the US market. While working on the dissertation, I spent the 2011-12 academic year as a Fulbright visiting scholar at Boston University.
Since August 2012, I have worked as a researcher at the Institute for the Rule of Law, a think-tank on socio-legal studies, where my research has focused on various aspects of the Russian criminal justice system and the legal profession in Russia more generally. The result of my research of the Russian legal profession was a co-authored book Being a Lawyer in Russia: A Sociological Study of the Legal Profession (2016), which describes the professional situation of Russian lawyers and discusses their autonomy inside and outside the profession. I also published a number of peer-reviewed articles in Russian and English, prepared analytical reports, and participated in an international project on legal professions worldwide (Lawyers in Society: 30 Years After, ed. by Richard Abel et al.).
Working at the Institute for the Rule of Law, I was engaged not only in academic activity but also in policy-oriented projects. In 2018, I received the George F. Kennan Fellowship at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars to conduct an individual project devoted the ongoing reform of the legal profession in Russia. The research addressed the problem of effectiveness of democratic institutions in Russia, the primacy of the “vertical of power” over horizontal civil bonds, and the ability of the professional community to retain autonomy over internal matters.
I have an Italian husband who is a Ph.D. student at American University and a 6-year old daughter. We are an international family speaking three languages at home (Russian, Italian, and English).
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