Associate Professor of Sociology
With Pitzer Since: 2009
Field Group: Sociology
Campus Address: Scott Hall 222
Office Hours: Mondays 9am-11am; Fridays 11am-12 noon
PhD, MA, Indiana University
BA, Al-Farabi Kazakh National University, Kazakhstan
Sociology and Its View of the World
Quantitative Research Methods
Contemporary Central Asia
Model Minority and Perpetual Foreigner: Asians in America
“Mass Media Consumption in Post-Soviet Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan: The View from Below,” Demokratizatsiya: The Journal of Post-Soviet Democratization, vol. 23, no. 3 (2015). With Barbara Junisbai and Nicola Ying Fry.
“Determinants of Economic System Legitimacy in Kazakhstan,” Europe – Asia Studies, vol. 66, no. 8 (2014).
“Understanding Economic Justice Attitudes in Two Countries: Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan,” Social Forces, vol.88, no.4 (2010).
“Social Stratification and Musical Consumption: Highbrow – Middlebrow in the United States,” in Tak Wing Chan, ed., Social Stratification and Cultural Consumption. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010. With Arthur S Alderson and Isaac Heacock.
Recent Conferences and Invited Talks
“Democracy, Anyone? Support For Democratic Governance In Post-Soviet Central Asia,” paper presented at the XVIII ISA World Congress of Sociology, Yokohama, Japan, July 2014.
Series of lectures at the Department of Sociology and Social Work, Al Farabi Kazakh National University, Almaty, Kazakhstan, May 2014.
“Using and Trusting Media In Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan,” paper presented at Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies, The George Washington University, Washington, DC, April 2014.
“Are the Young Truly Different? Youth Opinion about Selected Social and Political Issues in Kazakhstan,” paper presented at Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies, The George Washington University, Washington, DC, April 2014.
“Finding Religion in Post-Communist Central Asia: Determinants of Support for Sharia-Based Law in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan,” paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Sociological Society, Minneapolis, MN, April 2012.
“Losers of Market Transition in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan,” Central Eurasian Studies Society Annual Conference, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, September 16, 2011.
Selected Grants, Awards, and Honors
National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to organize and oversee nationally representative public opinion surveys about social and economic inequality and the proper role of government in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. $100,000. August 2012-August 2014.
National Council for Eurasian and East European Research (NCEEER) National Research Competition grant. This program supports policy relevant field research in the countries of Eastern Europe and Eurasia and is funded by the U.S. Department of State. $40,000. 2012-2014.
International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX) Research Fellowship for the project “Norms of Social Justice and Welfare State Attitudes in Post-Soviet Central Asia.” This program is funded by the U.S. Department of State. $16,000 (Declined).
International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX) Short-Term Travel Grant. $7,500. August 2011.