Barbara Junisbai

Associate Professor of Organizational Studies

With Pitzer Since: 2016
Field Group: Organizational Studies
Campus Address: Broad Hall 107
Phone: 909.607.1266
Office Hours: Fall 2020: Please reserve a time at:

Educational Background
PhD, Political Science, Indiana University
MIS, Information Science, Indiana University
BA, International Relations, San Francisco State University

Research Interests

Comparative political organizations and institutions, authoritarianism, democratization, post-Soviet politics and society, learning-centered pedagogy and academic assessment

Selected Publications

Barbara Junisbai. 2020. “Informal Politics: Elite-Led Pressure Groups,” in Cambridge History of Inner Asia: The Modern Age, eds. Annette Bohr and Edmund Herzig. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Barbara Junisbai. 2019. “Polarization during Institutional Decline: Variation in Educational Attainment in Post-Soviet Central Asia, 1991-2006.” European Education 51 (3): 186–211. With Christopher Whitsel and Azamat Junisbai.

Barbara Junisbai. 2019. “Regime Type versus Patronal Politics: A Comparison of ‘Ardent Democrats’ in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.” Post-Soviet Affairs 35 (3): 240-257. With Azamat Junisbai.

Barbara Junisbai. 2018. “Are Youth Different? The Nazarbayev Generation and Public Opinion in Kazakhstan.” Problems of Postcommunism, 1-13. Published online on 25 October. With Azamat Junisbai.

Barbara Junisbai. 2017. “Two Countries, Five Years: Islam in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan through Public Opinion Surveys.” Central Asian Affairs 4 (1): 1-25. With Azamat Junisbai and Baurzhan Zhussupov.

Barbara Junisbai. 2016. “A Pragmatic and Flexible Approach to Information Literacy: Findings from a Three-Year Study of Faculty-Librarian Collaboration.” The Journal of Academic Librarianship 42 (5): 604-611. With Sara Lowe and Natalie Tagge.


Selected Awards and Honors

Member, international advisory board, Central Asian Survey2020-present

Political expert/expert witness, Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project, 2019-present

Country expert (Kazakhstan), Varieties of Democracy Project (V-Dem), 2013, 2020

Member, Program on New Approaches to Research and Security in Eurasia (PONARS Eurasia), 2017-present

Grapples and Oranges Featured Teacher, in recognition for dedication to teaching and mentoring writers on campus, Pitzer College Writing Center

Additional Information

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