I am an historian of modern (Soviet) Russia interested in questions at the intersections of business, energy, and the environment. My dissertation analyzes links between the building of the world's longest oil pipeline, Druzhba
, or "Friendship," and institutional variety in former Communist Europe. My broader research agenda focuses on varieties of industrial organization as well as energy and environmental policymaking in that space. It is informed by interdisciplinary collaboration at Duke's History Department and Energy Initiative, along with Kazan Federal University in Russia. My teaching experience includes a course titled "Extractive Economies,"
a global of history of extractive industry writ-large. My primary advisor is Edward J. Balleisen.
I also work closely with Erika S. Weinthal.
Before coming to Duke, I served on the staff of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues and conducted research in Russia as a Fulbright Scholar.
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