The Laura C. Harris Series welcomes Olena Nikolayenko presenting a lecture.

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The Laura C. Harris Series welcomes Professor of Political Science at Fordham University Olena Nikolayenko, presenting “Youth Movements and Elections in Eastern Europe.” Nikolayenko 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.

Nikolayenko will talk about her recent book, “Youth Movements and Elections in Eastern Europe” (Cambridge University Press, 2017), in which 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.


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