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    My research is focused on domestic factors shaping foreign policy choices in states undergoing political transition. In particular, I am interested in how party politics, economic reforms and social movements impact foreign policymaking in transitional post-Soviet states. 


    Ph.D.                      Political Science, University of Kansas.                                          
    M.A.                       International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame.
    B.A.cum laude        English, Ivan Franko National University of L’viv, Ukraine.


    “An Unending Quest for Russia’s Place in the World: The Discursive Co-evolution of the Study and Practice of International Relations in Russia” with Mariya Omelicheva. New Perspectives: Interdisciplinary Journal of Central and East European Politics and International Relations, vol. 24 (1): 19-53, 2016. 
     “Mothers as Soldiers: Beyond the Veil of Gendered War,” Mothers under Fire: Mothering in Conflict Areas. Eds. Tatjana Takleva and Arlene Sgoutas, Bradford: Demeter Press, 2015.
    Randal Stone, Controlling Institutions: International Organizations and Global Economy:“Controlling Institutions: How Greater (and Lesser) Powers Govern International Organizations.” Journal of International Organization Studies, vol. 4(2):  78-81, 2013.
    “Failures and Prospects of Regional Organizations: Lessons from the Post-Soviet Space and Beyond” with Mariya Omelicheva. TheWhitehead Journal of Diplomacy and International Relations, vol. 13 (2): 87-101, 2012.


    “The Rise and Establishment of Oligarchs as Party Substitutes in Ukraine: An Assessment of Post-Revolutionary (Orange) Years”
    “Oligarchs in Ukrainian Foreign Policymaking: Examining Influences in Transitional Politics”
    “Foreign Policy Change in Transitional States: Ukraine, Georgia, and Kyrgyzstan between Revolutions”
    “How Do Revolutions Spread? The Spatial Diffusion of Collective Action in the Case of Color Revolutions”.

    Upcoming Talks and Conferences

    “Oligarchic Influences in the Current Foreign Policy of Ukraine,” Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies 50thAnniversary Convention, Boston, December 7, 2018.


    American Political Science Association
    National Capital Political Science Association
    International Studies Association
    Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies
    Pi Sigma Alpha, National Political Science Honor Society
    Ukrainian Junior Academy for Arts and Sciences, Lviv Branch

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