Anton Sobolev


PhD Candidate in Political Science and Government, University of California, Los Angeles

Research Fields

  • Comparative politics: "Trolls" and "Bots" in Online Politics, Information Control in Autocracies, Contentious Politics, Political Effects of Media, Post-Communist Politics
  • Methods: Automated Text Analysis, Using Deep Learning to Classify Collective Behavior 

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e-mail: asobolev [at]

Mailing address: UCLA Department of Political Science, 4289 Bunche Hall, Box 951472, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1472

Published works

“Civic and Political Activism in Russia” in The New Autocracy: Information, Politics, and Policy in Putin's Russia2018, 51-76, Brookings Institution Press (with Alexei Zakharov)

“Defining Common Ground: Collective Identity in Russia's Post-Election Protests and Rallies” in The Systemic and Non-Systemic Opposition in the Russian Federation, 2015, 51-76, Ashgate Publishing (with Regina Smyth and Irina Soboleva)

“Trial by Fire: a Natural Disaster’s Impact on Support for the Authorities in Rural Russia,” World Politics, 2014, 66(4), 641-668  (with Egor Lazarev, Irina Soboleva and Boris Sokolov) 

"Means of Production VS Means of Coercion: Can Russian Business Limit the Violence of Predatory State?," Post-Soviet Affairs, 2014, 30(1), 171-194 (with Andrei Yakovlev and Anton Kazun)

“Social and Economic Policy Trade-Offs  in the Russian Regions: Evidence from Four Case Studies,” Europe-Asia Studies, 2013, 65(10): 1855-1876 (with Tom Remington, Irina Soboleva and Mark Urnov) 

“Well-Organized Play: Symbolic Politics and the Effect of the Pro-Putin Rallies,” Problems of Post-Communism, 2013, 60(2): 24-39 (with Regina Smyth and Irina Soboleva) 


Articles under review

"Reccurent Revolutions: Technological Foundations of Political Instability" (with Dmitry Dagaev, Natalia Lamberova and Konstantin Sonin)

“Geography, Technology and Politics: Factors of Russian Mass Protests 2011-2012” 

Papers in progress

"Leaderless Protests?(with Dmitry Dagaev, Natalia Lamberova and Konstantin Sonin)


"Mozhet li nasilie pomoch uspekhu protesta?" [Can violence help protests succeed?] Vedomosti, with Daniel Treisman, March 6, 2014

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