Valery Dzutsati received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Arizona State University in 2017. His primary focus is on Comparative Politics and a secondary emphasis on International Relations and Quantitative Methods. Dzutsati's dissertation project attempts to explain the variation of violence during secession. His research interests include civil conflict, state-making, collective action, and research methods. Bayesian inference, machine learning, agent-based modeling, survey experiments, and field research are part of Dzutsati's professional toolkit. His regional focus is on the FSU space, Central Europe, and the Balkans. Dzutsati's scientific work has so far been published in Caucasus Survey, Nationalities Papers, Politics and Religion, Post-Soviet Affairs, Social Science Quarterly.