Major — Comparative Politics
Minor — International Relations
Charles is a PhD candidate studying political science at the George Washington University. He holds a B.A. from the University of Delaware and a M.A. from the University of South Carolina. Charles’ research interests focus mainly on Russia, but also on the newly independent countries of Central Asia and the former Soviet Union region in general. He regularly travels throughout Russia and currently resides in the DC area.
Charles has published articles and commentary pieces in the Washington Review of Turkish & Eurasian Affairs, the Journal of Energy and Development, and the Journal of Central Asian Studies (forthcoming). In addition, Charles has worked as a teaching assistant at GW and a research assistant at the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies (IERES). He also served as a doctoral student fellow at IERES and received an A. Michael Hoffman Dissertation Fellowship for the 2011-2012 academic year.
Charles’ dissertation thesis focuses on nostalgia for the Soviet Union in Russia today. In terms of research, Charles conducted field interviews in Russia’s regions over the course of the 2011-2012 academic year. He also designed a series of questions that were included in a nationally representative survey carried out by the Levada Analytical Center (May 2012).
For inquiries regarding working papers, and/or syllabi, please contact Charles.
Russia, Central Asia, Caucasus, FSU
- MA University of South Carolina
- BA University of Delaware
Committee: Henry Hale (Chair), James Goldgeier (American University), Henry Farrell, Eric McGlinchey (George Mason University) and Muriel Atkin
“The Kremlin and Kabul: The 1979 Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan in Retrospect,” The Washington Review of Turkish & Eurasian Affairs (Sep. 2011).
“After Abbottabad: America in Afghanistan,” The Washington Review of Turkish & Eurasian Affairs (Jun. 2011).
“Pipeline Politics in the Post-Soviet Space: The View from Ashgabat,” The Journal of Energy and Development, Vol. 34 (Apr./May 2011), 121-128.
“Riding the Revolutionary Wave: America, The Arab Spring, and the Autumn of 1989,” The Washington Review of Turkish & Eurasian Affairs (Apr. 2011).
“Havoc on the Horizon: The Dangers of State Failure and Radical Islam in Central Asia,” The Washington Review of Turkish & Eurasian Affairs (Mar. 2011).
“Dmitry’s Dilemma: The Resurgence of Insurgent Activities in the North Caucasus,” The Washington Review of Turkish & Eurasian Affairs (Jan. 2011).