Raised in Athens and educated in Montreal, Copenhagen, London, and Moscow. His first position was at the University of Essex before moving to NYU where he teaches on Russia, the USSR, economic thought, and dystopianism and supervises doctoral students in a variety of subfields. He is the founding director of the Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia and father to three children.
Winner, Wallace K. Ferguson Prize, 2015, Canadian Historical Association for the best book in a topic outside Canadian history, for States of Obligation.
Winner, Ed A. Hewett Book Prize for an outstanding monograph on the political economy of Russia, Eurasia, and/or Eastern Europe, for States of Obligation.
Honorable Mention, the Davis Center Book Prize, sponsored by the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard, for an outstanding monograph on Russia, Eurasia or Eastern Europe in anthropology, political science, sociology, or geography.