Claremont, Calif. (March 18, 2022)—Pitzer College Associate Professor of Organizational Studies Barbara Junisbai will deliver a virtual talk, “The Russian Invasion of Ukraine: Situating the Events of Today within a Historical, Social, and Political Context,” on Tuesday, March 22, at 7 p.m. The talk is part of the United Nations Association (UNA) Pomona Valley chapter’s Global Issues Programs. Co-hosted by UNA of the Claremont Colleges, the talk is free and open to the public. Visit the UNA of Pomona Valley website for more information.
Junisbai is a recognized expert on politics, society, autocratic regimes, and democratic movements in Kazakhstan and throughout Central Eurasia. Last year, she was elected to the board of the Central Eurasian Studies Society (CESS). In 2020, she was selected as a country expert on Kazakhstan for the Varieties of Democracy Project, a team of social scientists devoted to creating a better understanding of the factors necessary for creating representative governments. Her book manuscript on intra-elite conflict in post-Soviet autocracies is currently under review at a university press.
Prior to joining Pitzer’s faculty in the College’s Organizational Studies Field Group, Junisbai taught political science for two years at Nazarbayev University in Astana (Nur-Sultan), Kazakhstan. Earlier in her career, she also served as an information officer for the US Agency for International Development in Almaty. She and Pitzer Professor of Sociology Azamat Junisbai have published extensively on Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and other former Soviet countries in Central Asia.
Professor Barbara Junisbai earned her BA in international relations and geography at San Francisco State University and her PhD in political science at Indiana University.
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