Dr. Olga Onuch (DPhil, Oxford), is an Associate Professor in Politics working at the University of Manchester and is an Associate Fellow in Politics at Nuffield College, at the University of Oxford. She is the winner of the 2017 Political Studies Association National Sir Bernard Crick Award for Outstanding Teaching. At the Politics DA, at the University of Manchester, 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 Politics Program Coordinator of the BA in Social Sciences.
In 2017 she was a Research Fellow at the Davis Center at Harvard University. In 2014 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 also 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).
Olga holds a DPhil in Politics (2010), 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).