Position title: Ph.D. Student: Comparative Politics
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.
Olijar, Marika, and Junda Li. 2023. “Persuasion or Polarization? LGBTQ+ Attitudes among Young Social Media Users in Kazakhstan.” Central Asian Survey, DOI: 10.1080/02634937.2023.2187759.
Awards, Fellowships, Honors
University Fellowship (UW-Madison), 2021-2022, 2022-2023, 2024-2025
Summer Research Initiative (UW-Madison), 2022, for survey research in
Kazakhstan on LGBTQ+ issues
CREECA Graduate Student Short-term Research Award (UW-Madison), 2022 (shared with Junda Li), for 1 month of fieldwork in Kazakhstan
Title VIII Fellowship (UW-Madison), for Elementary Kazakh (2021) and Advanced
Kazakh (2022) at the Central Eurasian Studies Summer Institute
FLAS Fellowship (UW-Madison), for Central Eurasian area studies and academic year
Intermediate (2021-2022) and Fourth-Year Kazakh (2022-2023) respectively