My dissertation examines media preferences in contemporary Russia, where the most popular news sources are state-controlled and regularly distort information to favor the country’s political leaders. I argue that the Kremlin’s success in dominating the information space and shaping public opinion in its favor depends not only on its efforts to suppress independent media, but also on its ability to embed pro-Kremlin propaganda in a news product that many Russians value and enjoy consuming. I draw on evidence from three original surveys to reveal the complex media preferences and political attitudes that drive the widespread consumption of state media.

Field work in Moscow

Working Papers

“Preferring Propaganda: Why Russians Choose State News”

“The Value of State and Independent News in Russia as Sources of Information ”

“Censorship Tolerance and Demand for State and Independent News in Russia”


“Measuring Ethnic Biases: Can Misattribution-Based Tools from Social Psychology Reveal Group Biases that Economics Games Cannot?” 2021. Political Analysis, 29(3): 385-404. (With Daniel Posner and Chad Hazlett)