Mikhail Turchenko

Mikhail Turchenko

I am a Visiting Scholar at Indiana University, Ostrom Workshop. Until June 2022, I worked at the Department of Political Science at the European University at St. Petersburg (EUSP). From 2013 to 2020, I was a lecturer at the Higher School of Economics in St. Petersburg, where I received an award for the best teaching.

My research focuses on authoritarian politics. Based on evidence from Russia, I studied electoral engineering and party system fragmentation, decision making, and public policy provisions at the local level. My recent studies deal with the strategic coordination of voters in authoritarian elections with data from the “smart vote” campaign advocated by Alexei Navalny.

I have published my research in Communist and Post-Communist Studies, Demokratizatsiya, Europe-Asia Studies, Post-Soviet Affairs, Problems of Post-Communism, and Russian Politics, among other journals.

I run marathons, love Finnish sauna, and donate to independent Russian media. To get in touch, follow me on Twitter or use msturchenko@protonmail.com.


Candidate of Political Sciences, 2019
Higher School of Economics, Moscow

M.A. in Political Science, 2014
European University at St. Petersburg

Specialist in Political Science, 2012
Petrozavodsk State University

Academic Employment

Indiana University, 2023–present
Ostrom Workshop

European University at St. Petersburg, 2018–2022
Department of Political Science

Higher School of Economics, St. Petersburg, 2013–2020
Department of Political Science