I earned my undergrad from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in Political Science, Russian, and International Studies. Then, I immediately went on to get a Master of Arts from the University of Toronto where I enrolled in the Munk Center for Global Affairs Program in European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies. From there, I went to the Social Science Research Council in New York City where I worked as a Program Coordinator. Part of my job included coordinating teams of sociologists in the US and Russia on a project promoting indigenous social science research on gender, sexuality, and health in the Russian Federation. After almost 3 years at SSRC, I became the Associate Director for the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center (REEEC) at the University of Illinois. After several years of supporting a number of research initiatives, I decided that I wanted to pursue my own which is how I came to Indiana. My research interests include law and society, political sociology, organizations, and professions. At Indiana University, I was a 2015-2016 FLAS fellow and my Master's project is an analysis of the implementation of Russia's Maternity Capital Policy.