Hélène Thibault
Assistant Professor
Office Phone:
(69) 4723

Research Interest

Ethnography, Religious and National identities, Post-Soviet politics.

Selected Publications
Courses Offered

PhD in Political Science, 2014, University of Ottawa

Office Hours: Tuesday 13:30-15:30.

I joined Nazarbayev University in Fall 2016 after completing a postdoctorate at the Chair for the Study of Religious Pluralism and the Center for International Studies at the Université de Montréal. Prior to my hiring at Nazarbayev University, I served as a lecturer at the Université de Montréal and the University of Ottawa. I also hold a graduate degree from the Université libre de Bruxelles (2008).

I specialize in ethnography, religion, secularism, and the Soviet legacy. My research interests focus on the study of religious identities, especially the growing importance of Islam within Central Asian societies since independence. My current projects also look at gender issues in Central Asia, more specifically, marriage and polygyny. An article on polygyny in Tajikistan has been published in Ethnic and Racial Studies and a research project on the topic of polygyny and tokals in Kazakhstan is currently under way.

Apart from research activities, I also took part in multiple election observation missions with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Ukraine and travelled extensively in the former USSR.