Pauline Jones, professor of political science, co-authored an article with Regina Smyth for The Washington Post's Monkey Cage column, "The Kazakhstan protests escalated quickly. Here’s why." They cite data from recent phone surveys conducted by Jones as part of the International Institute's COVID-19 study, and draw comparisons to protest movements in Chile and Ecuador as part of the analysis.
Pauline Jones is professor of political science and director of the Digital Islamic Studies Curriculum (DISC). Her past work has contributed broadly to the study of institutional origin, change, and impact in with an empirical focus on the former Soviet Union, primarily the five Central Asia states of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. Currently, she is engaged in two major research projects. One explores the influence of religion on political attitudes and behavior in Muslim majority states with an emphasis on the relationship between religious regulation, religiosity, and political mobilization. The other focuses on the identifying the factors that affect the extent to which people are complying with social distancing policies to combat the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact that these policies are having on individuals and communities around the world.