Assistant Professor of Organizational Studies
With Pitzer Since: 2016
Field Group: Organizational Studies
Campus Address: Broad Hall 107
Office Hours: Mondays 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm & Tuesdays 1:30 pm -3:30 pm, or by appointment
PhD, Political Science, Indiana University
MIS, Information Science, Indiana University
BA, International Relations, San Francisco State University
Comparative political organizations and institutions, authoritarianism, democratization, post-Soviet politics and society, learning-centered pedagogy and academic assessment
“Regime Type versus Patronal Politics: A Comparison of ‘Ardent Democrats’ in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.” Post-Soviet Affairs, 1-18. Published online on 29 January 2019. With Azamat Junisbai.
“Are Youth Different? The Nazarbayev Generation and Public Opinion in Kazakhstan,”Problems of Postcommunism (October 2018): 1-35. With Azamat Junisbai.
“What Makes ‘Ardent Democrats’ in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan?” PONARS Eurasia Policy Memo No. 489 (October 2017). Available at: http://www.ponarseurasia.org/memo/what-makes-ardent-democrats-kazakhstan-and-kyrgyzstan. With Azamat 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 Azamat Junisbai and Baurzhan Zhussupov. 2017.
“A Pragmatic and Flexible Approach to Information Literacy: Findings from a Three-Year Study of Faculty-Librarian Collaboration,” The Journal of Academic Librarianship, vol. 42, no. 5: 604-611. 2016. With Sara Lowe and Natalie Tagge.
“Mass Media Consumption in Post—Soviet Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan: The View from Below,” Demokratizatsiya: The Journal of Post—Soviet Democratization, vol. 23, no. 3: 233-256. 2015. Lead article with Azamat Junisbai and Nicola Ying Fry ’16.
Selected Awards and Honors
Member, Program on New Approaches to Research and Security in Eurasia (PONARS Eurasia). 2017-present.
Institute of Museum and Library Services National Leadership Demonstration grant to assess first-year seminar collaboration with The Claremont Colleges Library on first-year information literacy through an Assessment in Action project. 2013-14.
National Science Foundation grant for Value Systems in Comparative Perspective research project. $100,000. 2012-14.