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Dr. Volha (Olga) Chykina

Assistant Professor of Leadership Studies
Curriculum Vitae

  • Profile

    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. 

    Her research has been published or is forthcoming in Sociological Science; Sociological Perspectives; International Journal of Comparative Sociology; 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.

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    • Awards

      Mellon/SAR Academic Freedom Fellowship, 2023-24

  • Selected Publications
    Journal Articles

    Chykina, V. (2023). Expecting to achieve against the odds: Anti-immigrant sentiment and immigrants' educational and occupational expectations in Europe. European Journal of Education Research, Development and Policy (September 2023, online). 

    Chykina, V., & Crabtree, C. (2023). Education and public support for COVID-19 mitigation measuresSocius, 9: 1-3.

    Chykina, V. (2022). Pro-integration policies and the occupational expectations of immigrant youth. International Journal of Comparative Sociology, 64(2): 183-207. 

    Chykina, V. (2021). Trying to excel in the Golden State: Anti-immigration sentiment and immigrant educational achievement in California. Globalisation, Societies and Education, 20(5): 608-624.

    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.

    Book Chapters

    Chykina, Volha. "Educational Attainment." In The SAGE Encyclopedia of Leadership Studies, edited by George R. Goethals, Scott T. Allison, and Georgia J. Sorenson. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, 2023.

    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.