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Assistant Professor of Political Science Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi
Education: AB Harvard University; M.Phil. University of Oxford; PhD Yale University
Leonid Peisakhin's research interests include the study of political identities, historical legacies, post-conflict reconciliation, and the politics of Russia, Ukraine, and Eastern Europe. His research examines how political identities and persistent patterns of political behavior are created and manipulated by the state. He studies the cultural legacies of historical political institutions and the longue durée legacy of state-sponsored violence.
Currently, he is finishing a book project on the 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.
As part of Leonid Peisakhin's research agenda on historical legacies, he is also working on projects on the persistence of victim identities and associated political behaviors among the Crimean Tatars in Russia and the Ixil indigenous community in Guatemala. He is also engaged in a series of research projects on the influence of Russian state-controlled media in the neighboring countries and on post-conflict inter-sectarian cooperation in Lebanon.
Peisakhin's research combines multiple methods including experiments, surveys, ethnography, and archival research. While the focus of his research is on Russia, post-Soviet, and Eastern European politics, all of his research is question-driven, and he has done fieldwork in China, India, Lebanon, and Guatemala.
His research interests include historical legacies, Russian and Eastern European politics, conflict and post-conflict reconciliation, and experimental methods.