Jaroslava has a multidisciplinary background spanning from Russian foreign policy and post-Soviet affairs to European studies and political philosophy. Jaroslava is a recipient of the 1+3 ESRC studentship Award. Her doctoral project examines Russia’s role in strengthening attributes of statehood and sovereignty in post-Soviet de facto states (with a focus on Ukraine and Moldova), particularly how Russia’s activities since 2014 have laid the groundwork for Russia's full-scale invasion in 2022. She is currently a researcher for the Arena Program based at Johns Hopkins University, dedicated to analysing and countering the impact of disinformation and malign propaganda on modern democracy. She is also a project manager at Zinc Network, an international development and strategic communications business, where she works on projects focusing on the post-Soviet region. During her PhD, she has been a postgraduate teaching assistant at POLSIS, University of Birmingham, and SSEES, University College of London.
Previously, Jaroslava was a research associate for EU–STRAT, an international research project funded by the European Commission which focused on the relationship between the European Union and the countries in the Eastern neighbourhood. Before that, she was a research assistant at the Conflict Studies Research Centre, a research consultancy primarily focused on defence studies and cyber security in Eurasia.
Her media commentary has appeared on Sky News, The Independent, NBC News, ABC News, France 24, TIME magazine, Euronews, Channel 4 News, Newsweek, BBC Radio and LBC Radio.