Associate Professor of Organizational Studies
With Pitzer Since: 2016
Field Group: Organizational Studies
Campus Address: Broad Hall 107
Student/Advising Hours: Please see calendly account to make 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
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 Survey, 2020-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