Ph.D Candidate in the Department of Political Science at George Washington University, Visiting Researcher at ISCID (Higher School of Economics)


George Washington University (Ph.D – Political Science, expected 2019) George Washington University (MA – Political Science, 2016) George Washington University (BA – International Affairs, 2013)


“Constitutional Courts and Political Uncertainty: Constitutional Ruptures and the Rule of Judges,” International Journal of Constitutional Law, 14:4 (Oct. 2016), pp. 817-850. (with Dr. Nathan J. Brown) “Re-setting the Game: The Logic and Practice of Official Support for Alexei Navalny’s Mayoral Run.” Russian Analytical Digest, No. 136 (Sept. 2013), pp. 6-9.


Dissertation Project: “Beyond the Rubber Stamp: Explaining the Activity of Parliaments in Electoral Authoritarianism” Summary: This dissertation unpacks the black box of parliamentary bodies in multiparty electoral authoritarian regimes, explaining when and why legislatures become sites of opposition obstruction, inter-elite contestation, or loyalist policymaking. The project engages in a multi-method approach, combining detailed analyses of micro-level intra-parliamentary data from the Russian Federation’s State Duma, accounts of legislative development in a series of process-tracing shadow cases of disparate dominant-party authoritarian regimes, and a broad statistical analysis of all electoral authoritarian legislatures from the post-WWII period to the present day. Dissertation Committee: Dr. Henry E. Hale, Dr. Michael K. Miller, Dr. Adam Ziegfeld



Julian Waller

Profile picture of Julian Waller


active 1 year, 1 month ago