Helene Thibault

School of Sciences and Humanities, Political Science and International Relations
Assistant Professor

I hold a PhD in Political science from the University of Ottawa (2014). I joined the faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Nazarbayev University in August 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 NU, 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 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 changing matrimonial arrangements, especially polygyny, in Tajikistan and Kazakhstan.