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Azamat Junisbai, PhD
Assistant Professor of Sociology

Azamat Junisbai

    With Pitzer Since: 2009
    Field Group: Sociology
    Campus Address: Scott Hall 222
    Phone:607.3767
    Email: azamat_junisbai

    Education:
    PhD, M.A., Indiana University
    B.A., Kazakh State University, Kazakhstan

Recent Courses:

  • Sociology and Its View of the World (SOC01)
  • Social Inequality (SOC86)
  • Quantitative Research Methods (SOC101)
  • Contemporary Central Asia (SOC95)

Selected Publications:

  • "Understanding Economic Justice Attitudes in Two Countries: Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan," Social Forces, vol.88, no.4 (2010).
  • "Social Stratification and Musical Consumption: Highbrow - Middlebrow in the United States," in Tak Wing Chan, ed., Social Stratification and Cultural Consumption. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010. With Arthur S Alderson and Isaac Heacock.

Recent Conferences and Invited Talks:

  • “Finding Religion in Post-Communist Central Asia: Determinants of Support for Sharia-Based Law in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan,” paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Sociological Society, Minneapolis, MN, April 2012.
  • “Losers of Market Transition in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan,” Central Eurasian Studies Society Annual Conference, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, September 16, 2011.
  • "Winners and Losers of Economic Transition in post-Soviet Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan," invited talk at the International Relations Colloquium, Pomona College, Claremont, CA, April 16, 2010.

Selected Grants, Awards, and Honors:

  • 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).

    International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX) Short-Term Travel Grant. $7,500. August 2011.

Additional Information

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