Assistant Professor of Organizational Studies
With Pitzer Since: 2016
Field Group: Organizational Studies
Campus Address: Broad Hall 107
Office Hours: Wednesday & Friday 11:00 am-12:30 pm
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
Junisbai, Barbara, Azamat Junisbai, and Christopher Whitsel. October 2017. “What Makes ‘Ardent Democrats’ in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan?” PONARS Eurasia Policy Memo No. 489. Available at: http://www.ponarseurasia.org/memo/what-makes-ardent-democrats-kazakhstan-and-kyrgyzstan.
“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.
“The Promise and Potential Pitfalls of a ‘Learning—Centered’ Approach to Creative Social Inquiry: Lessons Learned from an Undergraduate Seminar on Authoritarianism through Literature and Film,” Journal of Political Science Education, vol. 10, no. 3: 331-351. 2014.
“Improbable but Potentially Pivotal Oppositions: Privatization, Capitalists, and Political Contestation in the Post—Soviet Autocracies,” Perspectives on Politics, vol. 10, no. 4: 891-916. 2012. [Impact factor of 1.963; ranked #10 in political science]
“Oligarchs and Ownership: The Role of Financial—Industrial Groups in Controlling Kazakhstan’s ‘Independent’ Media,” After the Czars and Commissars: The Press in Post—Soviet Authoritarian Central Asia, eds. Eric Freedman and Richard Shafer. East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University Press. 2011.
For links to Professor Junisbai’s publications, please visit Scholarship@Claremont, a service of The Claremont Colleges Library.
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.
Greenough Award for Best Dissertation of the Year, Indiana University Political Science Department. 2010.
Curriculum Vita [PDF]