Dr Ola Onuch

Lecturer in Politics

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Biographic Sketch: Dr. Onuch (DPhil Oxford), joined the University of Manchester in 2014. She is an Associate of Nuffield College (Oxford) and The Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute. Onuch also holds a 2017 Visiting Research Fellowship at the Davis Center (Harvard).

Onuch’s comparative study of protest (elections, migration & identity) in Eastern Europe and Latin America has made her a leading expert in Ukrainian and Argentine politics specifically, but also in inter-regional comparative analysis. Her book “Mapping Mass Mobilizations” (2014), explores the processes leading up to mass protest engagement in Ukraine (2004) and Argentina (2001). She is the author of several scholarly articles (Journal of Democracy, Europe-Asia Studies, Problems of Post-Communism), book chapters, and policy briefs. Her research regularly appears in leading media outlets (the Washington Post, The Times, The Guardian, BBC, ITV, Al Jazeera, AFP, among others). Onuch’s research on protest politics in Ukraine has resulted in her consulting policy makers in Canada, the UK and US.

Current research projects:

  • Mobilization processes & mass protests: Ukraine & Venezuela.
  • Determinants of protests & migration behaviour: Ukraine, Poland, Brazil, Marocco (with Toma).
  • Survey measurement/operationalization of ethnic identity (with Hale, Colton & Sasse).
  • Role of ethnic identity in shaping political behaviour & attitudes (with Hale).
  • How to conduct & analyze on-site protest surveys. 

Onuch’s is Co-PI (with Hale, Colton, Kravets) of a National Science Foundation funded study of Ukrainian political opinion. In 2014 Onuch was awarded (did not take up) the Leverhulme EC Fellowship for exceptional and promising young scholars. Onuch was Principle Investigator of the Ukrainian Protest Project: Comparative Protest Politics funded the British Academy.

Previously she held: the Shklar Research Fellowship at HURI, Harvard (2013-2014); the Newton Prize Fellowship, at Nuffield College, Oxford (2011-2014); The Petro Jacyk Prize Fellowship, at CERES, Toronto (2010-2011); a Visiting Research Fellowship at the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella (mentored by Enrique Peruzzotti and Guillermo O’Donnell).

Media availability: Yes (written and spoken: English, Ukrainian, Polish, Spanish, French).


External positions

Associate , Nuffield College, University of Oxford

Areas of expertise

  • JA Political science (General) - Comparative Politics, Protest, Mass-mobilization, Activism, Social Movements , Elections, Ethnic Identity, Transition, Democratisation, Eastern Europe, Ukraine, Argetina, Latin America, Former Soviet Union, Post-communist politics, Post-authoritarian politics, Migration, Civil Society, Good Governance, Political Behavior, Public Opinion
  • H Social Sciences (General)

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