My doctoral research explores civilizational identity constructions in Russian political discourse. Tracing policy-discursive patterns under the Putin regime, my project examines a prominent yet under-researched attempt by Russian foreign policy actors to redefine the spatial contours of Russia’s post-Soviet zone of influence - one that not only includes the post-Soviet states in Central Asia but increasingly extends eastward to China, India, and the Korean peninsula.
More broadly, my research interests include conservative ideologies in Russian politics, Russian foreign policy approaches towards the Eurasian region, and the discursive construction of post-Soviet identities.
Previously, I have graduated from the University of Oxford with an MPhil in Russian and East European Studies. Before coming to Oxford, I completed a Bachelor of Laws at the Vrije University and a BA in Slavic Languages and Cultures at the University of Amsterdam. I have held research positions at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, the Atlantic Council in Washington DC, and the University of Amsterdam.