Maria Snegovaya

Research Associate

Maria Snegovaya is a Ph.D. candidate at Columbia University, an adjunct fellow at the Center for European Policy Analysis and the Free Russia Foundation, and a Research Associate at the Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland (CISSM). 

Snegovaya's research focuses on the sources of support for populist parties in Eastern and Central Europe. Her dissertation explains the success of these parties in the region as a function of the economic policy choices made by left-leaning parties of the post-Communist era. Snegovaya's research interests also include Russia’s domestic and foreign policy, the political situation in Ukraine, and the Russian-Ukrainian conflict. In particular, Snegovaya's research has examined the key elements of Russia’s soft and hard power strategies in Ukraine. She also explored the role of Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in formation of pro-democratic and pro-market attitudes in western Ukraine.

Throughout her time in the doctoral program, she has collaborated with the Institute for the Study of War, the Brookings Institution, the National Endowment for Democracy, Eurasia Group, and Freedom House. She has have authored several reports and studies, including “Policy Memo: Justifying a Counter-Cyclical U.S.-Russia Policy (the Case of Energy Dependence),” for the Harriman Institute; “Stifling the Public Sphere: Media and Civil Society: Russia,” for the National Endowment for Democracy; and “Putin’s Information Warfare in Ukraine. Soviet Origins of Russia’s Hybrid Warfare. Analytical Report,” for the Institute for the Study of War.

Snegovaya's publications have appeared in the Russian-language business daily Vedomosti; the Washington Post‘s political science blog, the Monkey Cage; the Huffington Post; the National Interest; the New Republic; and the American Interest. Her articles have been referenced by columnist David Brooks (New York Times), blogger Andrew Sullivan (The Dish), and in publications such as Bloomberg, the Economist and the Telegraph.