Nicklaus LavertyNicklaus Laverty, ’06 recently completed his Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Nick’s dissertation is entitled “Imperial Janus: Patterns of Governance in the Western Borderlands of the Tsarist Empire.” His research focuses on the historical and contemporary politics of Russia with a particular emphasis on historical institution formation, democratization, the development of party systems, and collective action. Nick’s graduate studies were funded in part by a prestigious graduate scholarship from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. Nick has already published multiple peer-reviewed journal articles in his areas of research expertise including “Limited Choices: Russian Opposition Parties and the 2007 Duma Election,” and “The Problem of Lasting Change: Civil Society and the Colored Revolutions in Georgia and Ukraine,” both in the journal Demokratizatsiya.