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 Associate Professor and Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Political Science at Fordham University. I am also an Associate at the at Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University. My research interests include comparative democratization, contentious politics, political behavior, women’s activism, and youth, with a regional focus on Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia. My recent book,Youth Movements and Elections in Eastern Europe (Cambridge University Press, 2017), examined tactical interactions between nonviolent youth movements and incumbent governments in Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Serbia, and Ukraine. The book was featured on H-Net Book Channel, CUP blog 1584, LSE Review of Books, and the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict Webinar Series.

My current research focuses on (1) women’s engagement in contemporary urban revolutions, (2) anti-government protests in contemporary Russia, and (3) political consequences of remittances in Eastern Europe. Some of the findings from my project on women’s activism during Ukraine’s EuroMaidan were discussed in a Harvard University’s podcast program The Eurasian Enigma and are forthcoming in Slavic Review.

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, 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. In 2017 I received the Faculty Mentor Award for “showing consistent passion and dedication in working with undergraduates and promoting undergraduate research at Fordham.”