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PS Speaker Series: Professor Pauline Jones – Undergraduate/Graduate Session

The department of political science and the Wayne Morse Center’s Program on Democratic Engagement and Governance invites you to an open discussion for undergraduate and graduate students with Pauline Jones, Professor of Political Science and Director of the International Institute, University of Michigan. Join us on Thursday, October 17th in PLC 905 from 2:00 – 3:00 pm for the opportunity to talk with an expert!


“Why Muslims (Don’t) Rebel: Religious Repression & Political Mobilization in Central Asia”

Pauline Jones is Professor of Political Science and Director of the International Institute at the University of Michigan. Her scholarly work contributes broadly to the study of institutional origin, change, and impact in a wide variety of settings: newly emergent states with multiple competing subnational identities, states transitioning from planned to market economies, states rich in natural resources, and states with predominantly Muslim populations. Her empirical work focuses on the former Soviet Union, primarily the five Central Asia states of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. She has published articles in several leading academic and policy journals, including the American Political Science Review, Annual Review of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, Foreign Affairs, Politics and Society, Europe-Asia Studies, and Resources Policy. She is author of four books: Institutional Change and Political Continuity in Post-Soviet Central Asia: Power, Perceptions, and Pacts (Cambridge 2002); The Transformation of Central Asia: States and Societies from Soviet Rule to Independence (Cornell 2003); Oil is not a Curse: Ownership Structure and Institutions in the Soviet Successor States (Cambridge 2010) and most recently, Islam, Society, and Politics in Central Asia (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2016). Her research has received generous support from several prestigious sources, including the McArthur Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Mellon Foundation, Smith Richardson, and the National Science Foundation.

This is an informal discussion without a presentation–just an opportunity to interact. Come by, ask questions, and talk with a political scientist!

Sponsored by the Department of Political Science, the Foster Political Science Speaker Series Fund, and the Wayne Morse Center’s Program on Democratic Engagement and Governance.



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