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Yulia Taranova, MPP (Oxon), joined King's Russia Institute in April 2018 as a doctoral researcher. Prior to that, Yulia spent several years in Moscow working for the Open Government initiative of the Russian Prime Minister. In 2017 she founded the Social Sciences Lab — a non-profit focused on developing and delivering educational programs for young social scientists in Russia — which she directed until summer 2021.

Yulia has a 'cum laude’ undergraduate degree in International Studies (2011) from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) and a Master’s degree in Public Policy (2013) from the University of Oxford. As part of her degree programs, she served as an intern at the United Nations Office at Geneva and studied French at Paris IV Sorbonne.

Yulia has co-authored a World Economic Forum report Effective Leadership in International Organisations and has written for the New York Times, The Economist, Financial Times and Forbes.

Doctoral Research

What happened to liberal dreamers when the history returned?

The paradoxical political behaviour that is singled out in Yulia Taranova’s research project is the transformation of public actors who identified themselves as liberals in the aftermath of the dissolution of the Soviet Union (early 1990s) into anti-liberal advocates in Vladimir Putin's Russia (2010s). Yulia also looks at comparative cases of Hungary and Turkey, in which ideological discourse of field challengers changed as they became incumbents.

The project relies on the concept of fields in political sociology and neo-institutionalist corpus of literature (DiMaggio, Bourdieu, Fligstein), as well as on theoretical conceptualisations of public discourse (Alexander). Methodologically, the project combines analysis of archival documents, qualitative research, and analysis of discourse.


Professor Sam Greene


2020-22: Sociology of Politics, 4YYR0003, tutor (seminars)

2021-22: Introduction to Politics, 4AAOB103/113, tutor (seminars)