Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek

American University of Central Asia (AUCA)

 

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Founded in 1993, the American University of Central Asia (AUCA) is an international, multi-disciplinary learning community in the American liberal arts tradition.

AUCA serves Central Asia, where young democracies are emerging. We develop the skills and the attitude of mind that foster sensitivity to the region’s rich traditions and adaptability for its democratic development.

Our distinctiveness derives from our highly strategic location, where people from east and west have been exchanging goods and ideas for millennia. Our University is a small but powerful engine of intellectual freedom and critical thinking that fuels education in a caring, student-centered environment.

Contact Details
Elena Kim
Tel.: + 996 312 915 028 (ext. 432)
kim_el@auca.kg
www.auca.kg

 


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Faculty

 

Hanan Salama
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Regional Academic Coordinator for Central Asia & Caucasus
hanan.salama@graduateinstitute.ch
Areas of expertise
Humanitarian affairs, international relations and international public law
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Hanan Salama holds a Master's degree in International Administration from the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. Before being in charge of the Central Asia & Caucasus region, she covered the region of Southeast Asia. She is a development practitioner, having worked in the specific areas of Disaster Risk Reduction in the education sector and improving education management with UNESCO in Viet Nam. She has an expertise in humanitarian affairs, international relations and international public law, having worked for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Geneva. She has also worked as a project development and evaluation consultant for the International Rescue Committee in Ivory Coast.

 

Alexandre D. Freire
  

Programme Director
alexandre.freire@graduateinstitute.ch
Areas of expertise
Educational transformations with a special focus on skills development, internationalization of education, social inequalities, education employment relations, educational choices and dropouts in emerging countries such as Vietnam and Indonesia
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Dr. Dormeier Freire is Senior lecturer at the Graduate Institute and Director of the Executive Master in Development Policies and Practices (DPP). Dr Dormeier Freire earned a PhD in Development Studies at the University of Geneva.

 

Oliver Jütersonke
Oliver Jütersonke   

Head of Research, Graduate Institute
oliver.jutersonke@graduateinstitute.ch
Areas of expertise
Peacebuilding and the complex relationships between security and development; social and spatial dynamics of urban violence; history of the field of International Relations; epistemology and research methods.
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Oliver Jütersonke obtained a doctorate and Diplôme d’Etudes Supérieures (DES) from the Graduate Institute and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Politics from the University of Exeter.

Before becoming CCDP Head of Research in 2008, he worked for six years at the Programme for Strategic and International Security Studies (PSIS). Since 2007, Oliver has also been affiliated with the Zurich University Centre for Ethics. He currently teaches courses on social inquiry and research methods for the Graduate Institute’s inter-disciplinary Master’s programmes, as well as for a number of executive education modules.

Much of his current empirical research covers peacebuilding and the complex relationships between security and development, with a particular focus on the social and spatial dynamics of urban violence and security provision. Fieldwork has taken him repeatedly to Madagascar, Rwanda and Timor-Leste. In his capacity at the CCDP, Oliver focuses his attention specifically on project design, and on innovative ways of linking research methods and agendas across the academic disciplines of the Graduate Institute, and between scholarly and policy-practitioner communities in International Geneva and beyond.

   

Elena Kim
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Head of Social Sciences Division, AUCA
kim_el@auca.kg
Areas of expertise
International development, gender equality, gender resource management
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Dr. Elena Kim is currently a Head of Social Sciences Division, Head of Graduate Program in Psychology and an Associate Professor at the American University of Central Asia (AUCA) in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. She has taught in AUCA since 2005 and served in various university committees such as Academic Senate, Academic Policy Committee and Student Intellectual Life Committee.  Dr. Kim earned her PhD degree at the Centre for Development Research in the University of Bonn in Germany. In her dissertation entitled “International Development and Research in Central Asia: Exploring the Knowledge-based Social Organization of Gender” she looks at everyday practices of gender equality work in Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan using institutional ethnography for her analysis.  Her current teaching and research interests focus on international development, gender and resource management.  Within the last few years she has managed four policy-oriented research projects funded by United Nations Development Program, United Nations Environmental Program, Norwegian Government, etc. Her publications include peer-reviewed journal articles  and book chapters such as

Kim, E. (2014). Conceptual practice of “rural wellbeing” in Uzbekistan: Contradictions and implications for gender equality. Rural Society, 23(3), 242–255.
Kim, E., & Campbell, M. (2013). Violence against women and peace building: Tracking ruling relations in women’s development NGO in Kyrgyzstan. In A. Choudry and D. Kapoor (Eds.) NGO-ization: Complicity, contradictions and prospects, pp. 185-206. London: Zed Books.

In her current research Dr. Kim conducts ethnographic analysis of cultural, political and economic environments in which practices such as child marriages and bride abduction take place in Kyrgyzstan.

 

Cécile Molinier
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Former Director, UNDP Office in Geneva
cecileannie.molinier@gmail.com
Areas of expertise
Development practitioner, with extensive senior managerial experience in poverty reduction, democratic governance and capacity development programmes in Africa; management, specializing in organizational behavior; and languages (French mother tongue, English, German, Spanish and Portuguese)
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Cecile Molinier became Agrégée de l’Université in 1974. She holds both Bachelor and Masters of Arts degrees in English from the Sorbonne in Paris, a Masters degree in English Literature from Queen Mary College, London University and an MBA (Organisational Behaviour) from Pace University in New York.

Cécile Molinier joined the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in 1992 from the UN Secretariat. Before joining the United Nations, she lectured in French at Smith College in Massachusetts and taught English in France.

Her first assignment in UNDP was as Deputy Resident Representative in Tunisia followed by Resident Coordinator/Resident Representative assignments in Sao Tome and Principe, Togo, and Mauritania.  She was reassigned as Director to the UNDP Office in Geneva in August 2007, and retired from UNDP in October 2012.

   

Medet Tiulegenov
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Assistant Professor and Chair, International and Comparative Politics Departement, AUCA
tiulegenov_m@auca.kg
Areas of expertise
Civil society in transition countries, political institutions and politics of ethnicity, public policy and governance in the developing world
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Medet Tiulegenov is an Assistant Professor and a chair of the International and Comparative Politics Department of American University of Central Asia (Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan). His research and teaching interests include civil society in transition countries, political institutions and politics of ethnicity, public policy and governance in the developing world. Medet has been publishing his works in in these areas in international journals and publishing houses (East European Politics, CRC Press, IOS press and others). Until 2008 he has been working at Soros Foundation in Kyrgyzstan and prior to that he was a research fellow at the National Academy of Sciences and Kyrgyz National University. He graduated in history from Kyrgyz State University (1993), received Master of Public Administration from Bowling Green State University, USA (1996) and currently is a PhD Candidate in Political Science at Central European University, Hungary.

 

Assel Tutumlu
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Assistant Professor, Near East Institute
assel.tutumlu@neu.edu.tr
Areas of expertise
Political economy of Eurasia, democratization theory and practice, authoritarianism, formal and informal governance
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Dr. Assel Tutumlu earned her PhD in Global Affairs from Rutgers, State University of New Jersey (USA). She also received MA degree in Politics, specializing in Political Theory from the New School for Social Research and another MA degree in International Affairs from American University in Washington DC majoring in Comparative and Regional Studies with the focus on Eurasian Politics.

Dr. Tutumlu is an Assistant Professor at the Near East Institute. She has previously worked at Gediz University and in various international organizations and non-governmental agencies, including the United Nations, International Foundation for Election Systems, Kennan Institute of Advanced Russian Studies and the Center for Non-Proliferation Studies. Her work is mostly centered on political economy of authoritarian regimes. She is a comparative scientist with deep knowledge of development trajectories of post-Soviet region. In her dissertation project she applied Foucault’s concept of ‘governmentality’ to explain variations of industrialization patterns and bureaucratic resistance in Central Asia. Her articles appeared in volumes published by Routledge, Nomos, Lexington Press and the Journal of Eurasian Studies and Europe-Asia Studies.

 

 

Staff in Bishkek
 

Elena Kim
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Head of Social Sciences Division
kim_el@auca.kg
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Dr. Elena Kim is currently a Head of Social Sciences Division, Head of Graduate Program in Psychology and an Associate Professor at the American University of Central Asia (AUCA) in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. She has taught in AUCA since 2005 and served in various university committees such as Academic Senate, Academic Policy Committee and Student Intellectual Life Committee.  Dr. Kim earned her PhD degree at the Centre for Development Research in the University of Bonn in Germany. In her dissertation entitled “International Development and Research in Central Asia: Exploring the Knowledge-based Social Organization of Gender” she looks at everyday practices of gender equality work in Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan using institutional ethnography for her analysis.  Her current teaching and research interests focus on international development, gender and resource management.  Within the last few years she has managed four policy-oriented research projects funded by United Nations Development Program, United Nations Environmental Program, Norwegian Government, etc. Her publications include peer-reviewed journal articles  and book chapters such as

Kim, E. (2014). Conceptual practice of “rural wellbeing” in Uzbekistan: Contradictions and implications for gender equality. Rural Society, 23(3), 242–255.
Kim, E., & Campbell, M. (2013). Violence against women and peace building: Tracking ruling relations in women’s development NGO in Kyrgyzstan. In A. Choudry and D. Kapoor (Eds.) NGO-ization: Complicity, contradictions and prospects, pp. 185-206. London: Zed Books.

In her current research Dr. Kim conducts ethnographic analysis of cultural, political and economic environments in which practices such as child marriages and bride abduction take place in Kyrgyzstan.

 

Asel Myrzabekova
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Instructor, Psychology Department
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Asel Myrzabekova is currently earning her PhD degree from University of Bonn (Germany). Her research project 'Romantic secrutiyscapes of couples in Kyrgyzstan: day-to-day dating and marriage strategies' is conducted within a larger three years project that is coordinated by the Bonn International Center for Conversion entitled 'Local Security-Making in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan: The Production of Securityscapes by Everyday Practices'.

Asel Myrzabekova also earned her Master’s degree in Peace and Conflict Transformation from UiT, the Arctic University of Norway. Her thesis project was entitled “Understanding Islamization and veiling in Post-Soviet Kyrgyzstan”. She studied the motivations and rationale of educated Kyrgyz women who start wearing hijabs upon reaching maturity. She is also currently working at American University of Central Asia and her teaching interests include: Peace and Violence: causes and conditions (interdisciplinary course), History and Methodology of Psychology, Senior Thesis courses. Since 2013, she conducted a number of research projects and external evaluations that focused on peace and development, gender equity, women, violence, sustainable development issues (working as an external consultant - UNDP Kyrgyzstan, UNICEF Kyrgyzstan, GIZ Kyrgyzstan, UN Women Kyrgyzstan).

 

Medet Tiulegenov
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Assistant Professor and Chair, International and Comparative Politics Departement
tiulegenov_m@auca.kg
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Medet Tiulegenov is an Assistant Professor and a chair of the International and Comparative Politics Department of American University of Central Asia (Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan). His research and teaching interests include civil society in transition countries, political institutions and politics of ethnicity, public policy and governance in the developing world. Medet has been publishing his works in in these areas in international journals and publishing houses (East European Politics, CRC Press, IOS press and others). Until 2008 he has been working at Soros Foundation in Kyrgyzstan and prior to that he was a research fellow at the National Academy of Sciences and Kyrgyz National University. He graduated in history from Kyrgyz State University (1993), received Master of Public Administration from Bowling Green State University, USA (1996) and currently is a PhD Candidate in Political Science at Central European University, Hungary.