University The Jesuit University of New York

Olena Nikolayenko

Department of Political Science
Faber Hall, Rm. 677
441 East Fordham Road
Bronx, New York 10458

Phone:   718-817-3961
Fax:        718-817-3972



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I am an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at Fordham University. My research interests include comparative democratization, social movements, political behavior, and youth, with a regional focus on Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. In the book Citizens in the Making in Post-Soviet States (Routledge 2011), I examined political attitudes of adolescents in Russia and Ukraine. My current research project focuses on nonviolent youth movements in five post-communist states: Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Serbia, and Ukraine.

At Fordham I teach a variety of political science courses with a thematic or regional focus, including China and Russia in Comparative Perspective, Politics of the European Union, and Comparative Political Analysis. In spring 2013 I offered an interdisciplinary capstone course Youth and Politics with a study abroad component and took a group of undergraduate students to Lviv, Ukraine so that they could immerse themselves in another culture and compare patterns of political behavior among American and Ukrainian youth.