Marika Olijar

Position title: Ph.D. Student: Comparative Politics





Research Interests

Religion and politics, informal institutions, identity and politics, gender and politics


Marika Olijar (she/hers/her) is a PhD student in the Department of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She specializes in comparative politics and has area studies interests in post-Soviet Central Asia and East Europe. Prior to joining UW–Madison, Marika received BAs in Slavic Studies and Political Science and a Certificate in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies from the University of Pittsburgh.


CREECA FLAS Fellow (Kazakh language study), Central Eurasian Studies Summer Institute, UW-Madison, Summer 2021

CREECA FLAS Fellow (Kazakh language and Central Asian area studies), UW-Madison, Academic Year 2021-2022