Winning Proposal to the Pierce Scholar's Fund: 2017 Competition

Project Title: What Does the State Surveil? New Evidence from a Mocro-level Study in Moscow

Faculty Sponsor: Yuri Zhukov

Graduate Student: Charles Crabtree

Project Description

I would like to work with a graduate student, Mr. Charles Crabtree, to develop and write a co-authored research article on the determinants of state surveillance. The project asks what factors determine the location of government monitoring tools. To answer this question, we will use data on the spatial and distribution of public surveillance (CCTV) cameras and security forces across Moscow, along with micro-level data on political protests, soccer riots, and historical patterns of police activity. This study will bridge the gaps between three related but often disconnected strands of research - the literatures on policing, repression, and regime survival.