Andrei Semenov is a political scientist focusing on contentious, electoral, and party politics in contemporary Russia. His research interests encompass political mobilization, social movements, civic and urban activism, electoral and subnational politics. He is a senior researcher at the Center for Comparative History and Politics (Perm State University) and Sociological Institute (Russian Academy of Sciences). Andrei Semenov holds a specialist degree in political science from Tyumen State University (2006) and candidate of science degree in politics from Perm State University (2010). He served as a chair of the International Relations department at TSU, then research fellow and director of the Center for Comparative History and Politics at PSU. Andrei Semenov also taught at Yale (USA), the University of Tampere (Finland), and European University in Saint-Petersburg (Russia). He has been a visiting fellow at the Aleksanteri Institute (University of Helsinki), Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies (Uppsala University, Sweden), Center for East European Studies (University of Bremen, Germany), and Department of Sociology (Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary). His research has been supported by Harvard University, Volkswagen Foundation, Russian Scientific Foundation, Russian Foundation for Fundamental Research, and Russian Scientific Foundation for Humanities. His most recent research appeared in Social Movements Studies, Demokratizatsiya, East European Studies, The Journal of Social Policy Studies, and Sociological Studies journals.