Biographic Sketch: Dr. Olga Onuch (DPhil, Oxford), is an Assistant Professor in Politics working at the University of Manchester and is an Associate Fellow in Politics at Nuffield College, at the University of Oxford.
At the Politics DA, at the University of Manchester, Dr. Onuch is the Chair of Comparative Public Policy and Institutions Research Cluster and is an active Member of the Democracy and Elections Research Cluster. She is also the Director of MA European Politics Pathway and the Politics Program Director of the BA in Social Sciences.
Recently Olga completed her tenure as a Research Fellow (in Comparative Politics), at Nuffield College, at the University of Oxford, where she held the prestigious Newton Fellowship Award and was P-I of the Comparative Protest Politics Research Project (2011-2014). In 2013-2014 she was also a Shklar Research Fellow, at HURI, at Harvard University. In 2014 she was awarded (but did not take up) a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship Grant, which is awarded to “exceptional and promising young scholars.”
Previously Olga held the posts of Petro Jacyk Prize Fellow, at CERES, at the Munk School of Global Affairs, at the University of Toronto (where she worked with Jeff Kopstein, Peter Solomon and Lucan Way). In 2008-2009 (and again in 2013) Olga was a Visiting Fellow at the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella (UTDT) in Buenos Aires, Argentina (where she worked with Enrique Peruzzotti and Guillermo O’Donnell).
Degrees: Olga holds a DPhil in Politics, from the Department of Politics and International Relations (DPIR), at the University of Oxford (Oxford, UK). Her doctoral research focused on social mobilization, protest, elections and the role of the media in democratizing states in Eastern Europe and Latin America. Her thesis on Mass-mobilization in Ukraine (2004) & Argentina (2001) was supervised by Gwendolyn Sasse and Laurence Whitehead (advisor) and awarded with high praise and no corrections. Nancy Bermeo and Mark Beissinger were on her Viva examination committee.
Olga holds a Master of Sciences in Comparative Politics (2006) from the London School of Economics and Political Science (London, UK). Olga’s MSc thesis is entitled: “The Dynamics of ‘Exit’ and ‘Voice’: Causes and Growth of the Informal Sector (‘exit’) and its Relationship to Collective Political Participation (‘voice’) in the Case of Informal Workers in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Kyiv, Ukraine.” Olga received her first degree, B.A. Honors (2005) with a double major (medial) in Political Studies and International Development Studies, from Queen’s University (Kingston, Canada).
Research: Dr. Onuch’s comparative study of protest politics, political behaviour, institutions, and good governance in democratizing states in Latin American and Eastern Europe has made her a leading expert in specifically, Ukrainian and Argentine politics, but also, in inter-regional comparative analysis. She has recently consulted policy makers in Canada, the UK and US; and has published policy papers, articles in peer review academic journals, and books on these topics. Her research has also appeared in/on the Washington Post, The Times, The Guardian, BBC, ITV, Al Jazeera, AFP, among others. Her first book “Mapping Mass Mobilizations” (2014), explores mass protest in Ukraine (2004) and Argentina (2001). She is currently completing work on her second book monograph focusing on the EuroMaidan in comparative perspective. You can read her research HERE.
Methodologically she employs mixed-methods (intensive qualitative field based research, formal modelling and game theory, as well as extensive statistical analysis) in her research, and seeks to promote rigorous language and field based qualitative empirical research in the social sciences. She also teaches both qualitative and quantitative research methods.
Teaching: Dr. Onuch teaches a variety of courses in Comparative Politics and has made it (and continues to make it) a priority to foster curricula and seminars on Comparative and Field Based Research Methods at the DPIR (UofO), CERES (UofT) and Politics DA (UofM). Past and present courses include: Comparative Government, Comparative Democratization, Politics of the EU, Russian & East European Politics, Latin American Politics, Comparative Protest Politics, Qualitative Research Methods, Grudate Research Design, and The Politics Research Project among others. Olga has experience teaching both undergraduate and graduate level courses and has provided Undergraduate and Post-Graduate Thesis /Dissertation supervision.
Outside of Academia: Dr. Onuch has engaged with policy makers and practitioners internationally. In the summer of 2014 Dr. Onuch joined the Open Society Foundation coordinated, Strategic Advisory Group, tasked with advising the President and Government of Ukraine. In this role she made contributions to policy development work related to two policy groups: good governance and anti-corruption & transparency. She has also strived to be directly engaged in other policy work relating to the promotion of further democratic and electoral development in Ukraine, which is directly tied to her research on protest and elections in Ukraine.
Policy Impact: Examples of past policy engagement include her experiences as both a researcher and consultant: at the IBRD (World Bank) in Kyiv, Ukraine, as part of the ‘Good Governance Project’ (2001); at the UNDP Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean in New York City, as part of the ‘Democratic Dialogue Project’ (2004); for USAID, PACT Uniter and the OSI Think Tank Fund, on an assessment of Ukrainian Think Tanks; for Oxford Analytica, providing briefings on Ukrainian politics and industry (2007-2013); for the OSCE, research and work related to elections in Ukraine (2006-2010), and for the OECD, on the quality of democracy and quality of Governance, research and indicators (2014-2015). Dr. Onuch continues to seek opportunities to not only produce policy relevant research, but also engage and collaborate with larger policy and practitioner communities.
2012-2014 Olga was the editor of the Nuffield Politics Working Paper Series.
Since 2013 Olga is the Co-Editor and Chief of the peer-reviewed Journal of Ukrainian Politics and Society.
Languages: Olga is a native speaker in Ukrainian, Polish and English; she is fluent in French; has working knowledge of Spanish; and has intermediate Russian language skills.