About me


I am a PhD Candidate in Comparative Politics and Cognitive Psychology at Columbia University in New York.

My research compares the dynamics of political participation in advanced and weak democracies. Conceptually, I am interested in the psychological mechanisms behind political alienation and democratic deconsolidation. Empirically, I combine field experiments with ethnographic fieldwork to identify how political efficacy interacts with extreme political skepticism.

My current work is supported by the Earth Institute, the Harriman Institute, the Institute for Humane Studies, and the Columbia Global Policy Initiative. My previous research appeared in World Politics, Europe-Asia Studies, Sexuality and Culture, Russian Politics, Post-Soviet Affairs, and Problems of Post-Communism.

Here you can find my publications and CV.  Feel free to contact me via i.soboleva(at)columbia.edu.