- Ph.D. student in Political Science, From 2008-present; Kent State University.
- M.A. in Political Science, 2002; Brooklyn College of the City University of New York.
- B.A. in History and Political Science, 1998; Tbilisi State University. Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia
Areas of Concentration:
- Transnational and Comparative Politics and Policy
- Public Policy and Administration.
Politics and policies of post-Communist and post-Soviet countries; State-building processes; Democratization; Politics of collective memory formation.
Comparative analysis of state-building processes in post-Soviet Georgia and Estonia.
- IREX (International Research & Exchange Board) 2009-2010. US Embassy Policy Specialist (EPS) Fellowship (assigned in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia) 2009.
- Recipient of the Patricia Ruffin/Kittaw Memorial Award in Political Science--2002.
- Graduate with Honors-------1998.
- American Political Science Association (APSA).
- Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA).
- Central Eurasian Studies Society (CESS).
- Graduate Student Senate Representative at Kent State University.
Skiing, mountain hiking, sports car racing, horseback riding, soccer, history (especially medieval ages of Europe), reading.
Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities
Forthcoming: Diffusion of truth commission in the world.
- "The new energy routes across Georgia: Bringing the nation back to the West." Conference on Georgia:
- "The Rose Revolution-Four Years later". Columbia University, New York; November 30, 2007.
- "The growth of ethnic intolerance in Russia's big cities." Annual Conference of Central Eurasian Studies Society (CESS), University of Washington, Seattle; October 18-21, 2007.
- "Trans-Caucasus and Ukraine, the West's new energy corridors-Present state and future geopolitical implications." The Harriman Institute at Columbia University, New York; September 18, 2007.