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Olena Nikolayenko

Olena Nikolayenko

Professor, Political Science
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 718-817-3961
Office: Faber Hall 677


PhD, Political Science - University of Toronto, Canada, 2007
MA, Political Science - Kansas State University, USA, 2002
BA, English - Horlivka Institute of Foreign Languages, Ukraine, 1999

Research Interests

Comparative Democratization
Social Movements
Public Opinion
Youth, with a regional focus on Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.



2017. Youth Movements and Elections in Eastern Europe New York: Cambridge University Press

(Cambridge Studies in Contentious Politics Book Series)

2011. Citizens in the Making in Post-Soviet States. London: Routledge

(BASEES/Routledge Series on Russian and East European Studies)

Articles and Book Chapters

2015. “Do Contentious Elections Depress Turnout?” In Contentious Elections: From Ballots to Barricades, eds. Pippa Norris, Richard W. Frank, and Ferran Martinez i Coma. New York: Routledge, pp. 25–44

2015. “Youth Media Consumption and Perceptions of Electoral Integrity in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.” Demokratizatsiya: Journal of Post-Soviet Democratization 23(3): 257–277

2015. “Youth Mobilization before and during the Orange Revolution: Learning from Losses.” In Comparative Perspectives on Civil Resistance, ed. Kurt Schock. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press (Social Movements, Protest, and Contention Series), pp. 93–120

2015. “Youth Movements and Elections in Belarus.” Europe-Asia Studies 67(3): 468–492

2015. “Marching against the Dictator: Chernobyl Path in Belarus.” Social Movement Studies 14(2): 230–236

2014. “Trust in Government and Goal Pursuit in a Transition Society.” Comparative Sociology 13(5): 618–638

2013. “Origins of the Movement’s Strategy: The Case of the Serbian Youth Movement Otpor.” International Political Science Review 34(2): 140–158

2012. “Tactical Interactions between Youth Movements and Incumbent Governments in Post-Communist States.” Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change 34: 27–61

2011. “Support for Democracy in Central Asia.” International Journal of Public Opinion Research 23(2): 191–204

2011. “Adolescents’ Hopes for Personal, Local, and Global Future: Insights from Ukraine.” Youth and Society 43(1): 64–89

2008. “Contextual Effects on Historical Memory: Soviet Nostalgia among Post-Soviet Adolescents.” Communist and Post-Communist Studies 41(2): 243–259

2008. “Life-Cycle, Generational and Period Effects on Protest Potential in Yeltsin’s Russia.” Canadian Journal of Political Science 41(2): 437–460

2007. “The Revolt of the Post-Soviet Generation: Youth Movements in Serbia, Georgia, and Ukraine.” Comparative Politics 39(2): 169–188

2007. “Web Cartoons in a Closed Society: Animal Farm as an Allegory of Belarus.” PS: Political Science and Politics 40(2): 307–310

2004. “Press Freedom during the 1994 and 1999 Presidential Elections in Ukraine: A Reverse Wave?” Europe-Asia Studies 56(5): 661–686

Courses Taught

  • POSC 1100 - Introduction to Politics
  • POSC 2812 - Political Socialization
  • POSC 3622 - Politics of the European Union
  • POSC 3631 - China and Russia in Comparative Perspective
  • POSC 4025 - Youth and Politics (Interdisciplinary Capstone Course)
  • POSC 5500 - Comparative Political Analysis (Graduate-Level Course/IPED Program)


Olena Nikolayenko is a Professor of Political Science at Fordham University. She is also an Associate at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University. Her research interests include comparative democratization, social movements, political behavior, women’s activism, and youth, with a regional focus on Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia. In her recent book, Youth Movements and Elections in Eastern Europe (Cambridge University Press, 2017), she examined interactions between nonviolent youth movements and incumbent governments during national elections in five post-communist states: Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Serbia, and Ukraine. Her current research focuses on (1) anti-government protests in contemporary Russia, (2) women’s engagement in high-risk activism in Ukraine, and (3) political consequences of remittances in Eastern Europe.

Curriculum Vitae