I am a historian of the Soviet Union and currently Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard. I research the USSR's involvement in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. My first book, Arrested Development: The Soviet Union in Ghana, Guinea, and Mali, 1955-1968, looks at Soviet cooperation with three newly-independent countries in West Africa at the height of the Cold War. It will be published by Cornell University Press in August 2022.
I have also published on Soviet economists' search for a theory of development, on Nikita Khrushchev at the United Nations in 1960, on the USSR and the Congo crisis in 1960-61, and on the Italian Communist Party in 1956.
I am currently working on a new project that examines the "parallel lives" of the Soviet concept of economic "backwardness" and the Latin American approach to economic "dependency". I am looking at intellectual exchanges, clashes, and misunderstandings between economists in the USSR and in Argentina, Brazil, and Chile.