Diana Rafailova is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political and Social Sciences at the European University Institute. She has a master’s degree in Russian Politics and Society from King’s College London and a double bachelor’s degree from Bard College (US) and Smolny College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (Russia). She also studied and worked as a researcher at the European University at St. Petersburg. 

Diana Rafailova joined ZOiS in September 2023 as a post-doctoral researcher in the MoveMeRU project, where she studies the intergenerational transmission of historical views and political attitudes. 

Externally funded project

Research interests

  • Political regimes, authoritarianism
  • Public goods provision, education quality
  • Political socialisation, indoctrination
  • Russian politics
  • Quantitative and qualitative research methods