Evgenia Olimpieva is a PhD candidate in Political Science at the University of Chicago specializing in comparative politics and political methodology. Her research interests revolve around the topics of democratic backsliding and authoritarian institutionalization with a focus on the judiciary. Evgenia’s dissertation project focuses on the micro-foundations of democratic erosion and explores how strategic subnational appointments of Russia’s prosecutors enabled authoritarian consolidation in the country. Her dissertation project has been supported by the Harriman/Carnegie Dissertation Research Grant.

Evgenia’s work is published in Slavic Review, Nationalities Papers and Russian Analytical Digest. She has previously been part of a member of the Transitional Justice and Democratic Stability Lab and currently serves as a coordinator for the Comparative Politics Workshop (CPW).

Evgenia holds an MA in Political Science from the University of Chicago and a BA Liberal Arts and Sciences from St. John’s College. 

Read more about Evgenia on her website.