As a sociologist, I study political and economic liberalizations in Europe and Eurasia in the late twentieth century, and I have a particular interest in political aspects of culture and cultural aspects of politics. My work has won awards from the Council for European Studies and the American Sociological Association’s sections on theory, comparative-historical sociology, and sociology of culture. I am working on turning my recently completed dissertation, “A Soviet Middle Class and the Twilight of Socialism: Discourses of Politics and Culture in the Two Decades before Perestroika,” into a book manuscript. My other current research projects focus on the culture of recent political protest movements in Wisconsin (2011) and Russia (2011–2012). You can learn more about my research and publications from my curriculum vitae.