Prof. Caress Schenk joined the Political Science and International Relations faculty at Nazarbayev University in 2011 as an Assistant Professor specializing in comparative politics, national identity, immigration control, and Eurasian politics. She is a member of the PONARS network and has received research funding from the American Councils for International Education, the Fulbright Scholar Program, and Nazarbayev University. Her book Why Control Immigration? Strategic Uses of Migration Management in Russia (University of Toronto Press) argues that migration politics in Russia illustrate how politics and patronage function throughout the political system.
Prof. Schenk also has book chapters and articles published in The Oxford Handbook of Migration Crises, Russia Before and After Crimea: Nationalism and Identity 2010-2017 (Edinburgh University Press), Demokratizatisya, Europe-Asia Studies, and Nationalities Papers. Prof. Schenk’s research has looked at federal vs. regional-level management of migration in Russia, government and civil society responses to migration, migration agency and rights related to corruption and informal practices, labor migration in the framework of the Eurasian Economic Union, and how migration control demonstrates state capacity. Prof. Schenk has also worked on INGO contract projects related to human trafficking and labor slavery in Russia and Kazakhstan.