Polina Galouchko

Graduate Student Associate

A.M. Candidate in Regional Studies—REECA

Polina Galouchko graduated from Harvard College in 2023 with a degree in economics. She studies the political economy of the former Soviet Union, with a particular focus on Russia and Belarus, and the Western Balkans. In her research, she applies empirical methods for causal inference to the study of political institutions and behavior in non-democracies. In recent work, she has examined the effects of the post-election protest movement in Belarus on social and political attitudes, as well as the role of religious and nationalist groups in the formation of Russia’s anti-Western rhetoric. Another line of research focuses on the role of political institutions and corruption in the integration of Western Balkan countries into the EU.