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 Volha (Olga) Chykina
Volha (Olga) Chykina
Assistant Professor of Leadership Studies

Dr. Volha (Olga) Chykina’s work focuses on educational inequality and social justice. More specifically, Chykina studies how education policies, community characteristics, and familial background interplay in shaping students’ educational outcomes in the United States and across the world. She is especially interested in how these characteristics advance or impede the educational achievement and attainment and, thus, the assimilation trajectories of immigrant youth.

Chykina received her Ph.D. in educational theory and policy and comparative and international education from the Pennsylvania State University. Prior to joining the Jepson School, she was a postdoctoral fellow with the Donia Human Rights Center at the University of Michigan, where she worked on building a measure of human rights climate across America’s university campuses. Chykina's research has been published or is forthcoming in Sociological Science; Sociological Perspectives; the British Journal of Sociology of Education; Socius; The Social Science Journal; Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education; Globalisation, Societies and Education; European Education; PLOS One; and the International Journal of Sociology of Education.


Bodovski, K., Munoz, I., Byun, S.-Y., & Chykina, V. (2020). Do education system characteristics moderate the socioeconomic, gender, and immigrant gaps in math and science achievement? International Journal of Sociology of Education, 9(2), 122–154.

Chykina, V. (2019). Educational expectations of immigrant students: Does tracking matter?
Sociological Perspectives, 62(3), 366–382.

Bodovski, K., Chykina, V., & Khavenson, T. (2019). Do human and cultural capital lenses contribute to our understanding of academic success in Russia? British Journal of Sociology of Education, 40(3), 393–409.

Schlicht-Schmälzle, R., Chykina, V., & Schmälzle, R. (2018). An attitude network analysis of post-national citizenship identities. PLOS One, 13(12), 1–19.

Chykina, V., & Crabtree, C. (2018). Using Google Trends to measure issue salience for hard-to-survey populations. Socius, 4, 1–3.

Crabtree, C., & Chykina, V. (2018). Last name selection in audit studies. Sociological Science, 5, 21–28.

Bond, R., & Chykina, V., & Jones, J. (2017). Social network effects on academic achievement. The Social Science Journal, 54(4), 438–449.

Smith, W., Fraser, P., Chykina, V., Ikoma, S., Levitan, J., Liu, J., & Mahfouz, J. (2017). Global citizenship and the importance of education in a globally integrated world. Globalisation, Societies and Education, 15(5), 648–665.

Bodovski, K., Byun, S-Y., Chykina, V., & Chung, H. J. (2017). Search for a golden model of education: Cross-national analysis of math achievement. Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, 47(5), 722–741.

Chykina, V., Chung, H. J., & Bodovski, K. (2016). Great expectations? Variation in educational plans of students in post-socialist Eastern Europe. European Education, 48(1), 43–62.


Bodovski, K., & Chykina, V. (2019). Quantifying childhood. In K. Bodovski, Childhood and education in the United States and Russia: Sociological and comparative perspectives (pp. 81-95). Bingley, UK: Emerald Publishing.

Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University 2018
Educational Theory and Policy; Comparative and International Education
M.Ed., DePaul University 2012
Educational Leadership
B.A., Minsk State Linguistic University 2008
Secondary Education, Foreign Language Instruction
Contact Information
131 Jepson Hall
(804) 287-6335
Areas of Expertise
Educational Inequalities
Education of Immigrant and Minority Children
Education Policy
Comparative and International Education