Pitzer College Professor Azamat Junisbai Awarded a 2012-13 IREX Research Fellowship

Claremont, Calif. (April 27, 2012) — Pitzer College Assistant Professor of Sociology Azamat Junisbai has been awarded a research fellowship by the International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX) for his project “Norms of Social Justice and Welfare State Attitudes in Post-Soviet Central Asia.”

With this fellowship, Junisbai plans to continue his study of social stratification and public opinion in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan during his sabbatical in fall 2012. This research will build on the nationally representative public opinion surveys he organized and oversaw in the two countries in 2007.

“A nuanced understanding of public opinion about social and economic justice in Central Asia is of strong interest to policy-makers both inside and outside this region,” Junisbai said.

The IREX fellowship provides fellows with the means to conduct research in Eastern Europe and Eurasia on contemporary political, economic, historical and cultural developments that are relevant to US foreign policy. The fellowship is funded by the US Department of State’s Title VIII Program.

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