Olena Nikolayenko


Professor, Fordham University

Center Associate

Olena Nikolayenko is Professor of Political Science at Fordham University based in New York City, USA. Originally from Ukraine, she received her Ph.D. in political science from the University of Toronto and held a SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada) post-doctoral fellowship at Stanford University's Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law before joining Fordham. Her research interests include comparative democratization, social movements, political behavior, and youth, with a regional focus on Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. She is the author of Youth Movements and Elections in Eastern Europe (Cambridge University Press, 2017) and articles in Canadian Journal of Political Science, Comparative Politics, Europe-Asia Studies, International Political Science Review, Youth and Society, and other journals. At the Center, she will investigate political consequences of remittances in the post-Soviet region.

Comparative politics
civil society and social movements
political behavior
East European politics and society
Current Project
Political Consequences of Remittances in Eurasia
Foreign Language


, Political Science
, University of Toronto
Selected Publications

Youth Movements and Elections in Eastern Europe (Cambridge UP, 2017).

"Youth Mobilization before and during the Orange Revolution: Learning from Losses," in Comparative Perspectives on Civil Resistance, ed. Kurt Schock (University of Minnesota Press, 2015).

"Do Contentious Elections Depress Turnout?" in Contentious Elections: From Ballots to Barricades, ed. Pippa Norris, Richard W. Frank, and Ferran Martinez i Coma (Routledge, 2015).

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

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