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Sasha Volodarsky

PhD Candidate in Political Science

Sasha Volodarsky is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Political Science at Northeastern University, specializing in Comparative Politics and American Politics. He has a strong background and interest in voters’ and parties’ behavior and particularly in voters’ volatility. During Sasha’s MA studies he served as a Teaching Assistant at Sapir Academic College (Israel) and as a Research Assistant at Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya (Israel).

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Research Interests

Sasha’s research interests lie at the intersection of comparative politics (arising from fascination with multi-party democracies) and American politics (which puts more emphasis on voters’ and parties’ behavior). In his studies, Sasha hope to continue research of switching behavior in multi-party democracies and the rise of populism.


Sasha grew up in Donetsk, Ukraine and moved to Israel at the age of 17. After completing his BA in Sociology, he served as a research officer at the Command and Staff College of the Israel Defense Forces, heading the research department.

After his army service Sasha started to work as a marketing researcher. After several years he became interested in socially oriented research. Therefore, Sasha switched to the field of applied research and worked at Myers-JDC-Brookdale Institute in Jerusalem, and later at the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies at Brandeis University. In addition, he spent several years overseeing group counselor training in informal education projects. Sasha is fluent in Russian, Ukrainian, and Hebrew.

Degrees earned and institutions:

B.A. in Sociology and Anthropology, Tel Aviv University

M.Ain Government and Political Marketing, Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya (IDC)

Thesis: “The determinants of voters’ volatility and switching range”

Research Interests: European politics, Voters’ volatility, Multiparty democracies, Populism

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