OLGA GASPARYAN






Olga

I am a PhD Candidate in Political Science at the University of Rochester with a specialization in Comparative Politics and Political Methodology. My researŅh focuses on democratic political institutions in non-democracies, regional and local development, and public goods provision with an application of causal inference tools. I work with both historical and contemporary data with Russia as the primary area of studies.

My dissertation explores political interactions between regional and local officials, their incentives to choose between upward and downward responsiveness in the non-democratic regimes, and the effects of such choices on the regional and local development. As part of my dissertation, I collected data on Russian elected and appointed city-level executive officials and parsed municipal budget and public procurement data. Here you can read more about my data collection.

I am also working on several projects that study historical institutional legacies. One of them examines introduction of local self-governance in Russia in the second half of 19th century. Another one explores historical institutions in colonial India and their persistent effect on contemporary local public goods provision.

I have conducted fieldwork in Russia, including archival work in State Archive of the Russian Federation and Russian State Historical Archive. A reflection on my archival experience was published in the Fall 2019 Comparative Politics Newsletter.