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.