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 of Political Science at Fordham University. My research interests include comparative democratization, social movements, political behavior, women’s activism, and youth, with a regional focus on Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. In my recent book, Youth Movements and Elections in Eastern Europe (Cambridge University Press, 2017), I examine interactions between nonviolent youth movements and incumbent governments in five post-communist states: Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Serbia, and Ukraine.

As a visiting scholar at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University, I received the 2017 Davis Center Prize for Best GIS Project in Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies.

My current research focuses on (1) anti-government protests in contemporary Russia, (2) women’s engagement in high-risk activism in Ukraine, and (3) political consequences of remittances in Eastern Europe. I have recently discussed my research on women’s activism during the EuroMaidan in a Harvard University’s podcast program The Eurasian Enigma.

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, Comparative Political Analysis, Social Movements and Revolutions, and Youth and Politics. My mentees regularly present their research at the Fordham Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium and the National Conference on Undergraduate Research, and I received the 2017 Faculty Mentor Award for “showing consistent passion and dedication in working with undergraduates and promoting undergraduate research at Fordham.”