Leonid V. Peisakhin
Assistant Professor of Politics; NYU Abu Dhabi
A.B., Harvard University 2003; M.Phil., University of Oxford 2005; PhD, Yale University 2012
Areas of Research/Interest: comparative politics, political economy, political behavior, European politics, experimental methods
About Me: I am interested in political legacies of colonial and imperial rule especially in eastern Europe. I study formation, persistence, and dissolution of political attitudes and identities, and have a broad interest in political behavior. I also maintain an interest in anti-corruption research, work on good governance, and government transparency.
I am finishing a book project on persistence of imperial-era political identities in Ukraine, some of which are at the root of the ongoing conflict over Ukraine’s statehood and future political trajectory. The book contributes to the fledgling research agenda on cultural legacies of historical institutions and revisits theoretical insights from the literature on political socialization. This project draws on a natural experiment of history that divided a homogenous population of ethnic Ukrainians between Russian and Austrian empires.
Almost all of my research combines multiple methods including experiments, archival research, surveys, and ethnography. Although I am particularly interested in Russian, post-Soviet, and European politics, my research is first and foremost question driven, and I have done fieldwork in China and India. In addition to my core research agenda on historical legacies I am also currently working on projects on formation of political loyalties in early Communist China, intergenerational transmission of victim status among Crimean Tatars, and the influence of Russian state TV in Ukraine.
My work has appeared in the Journal of Law and Economic and Regulation and Governance. I hold a Ph.D. in Political Science from Yale University, and in 2011-2014 I was a postdoctoral fellow at the Juan March Institute in Madrid. My dissertation won the 2014 Juan Linz Best Dissertation Prize from APSA’s Comparative Democratization section.