Azamat Junisbai

Associate Professor of Sociology

On sabbatical/leave Fall 2018 and Spring 2019

With Pitzer Since: 2009
Field Group: Sociology
Campus Address: Scott Hall 222
Phone: 607.3767
Email: azamat_junisbai
Office Hours: Mondays 9am-11am; Fridays 11am-12 noon

Educational Background

PhD, MA, Indiana University
BA, Al-Farabi Kazakh National University, Kazakhstan

Research Interests

Social Stratification and Inequality, Political Sociology, Post-Soviet Transitions, Survey Research

Recent Courses

Model Minority and Perpetual Foreigner: Asians in America

Contemporary Central Asia

Social Inequality

Quantitative Research Methods

Sociology and Its View of the World

Selected Publications

“What Makes ‘Ardent Democrats’ in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan?” PONARS Eurasia Policy Memo No. 489 (2017). Available at: With Barbara Junisbai and Christopher Whitsel.

“Two Countries, Five Years: Islam in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan through the Lens of Public Opinion Surveys,” Central Asian Affairs vol. 4, no. 1: 1-25 (2017). Lead article with Barbara Junisbai and Baurzhan Zhussupov.  [Reprinted in Being Muslim in Central Asia: Practices, Politics and Identities, edited by Marlene Laurelle, Brill, 2018]

“Mass Media Consumption in Post-Soviet Kyrgyztan 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).

Selected Grants, Awards, and Honors

Core Fulbright Scholar Program Award.  Al-Farabi Kazakh National University, Almaty, Kazakhstan. August 2018 – June 2019.

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).

Additional Information

Curriculum Vitae

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