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Emil Nasritdinov, PhD

Associate Professor

Anthropology and International Development

Division of Social Sciences


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Phone: +996 (312) 915000 ext. 434

Room: 315

  • Advanced Interdisciplinary Research Methods
  • Advanced Tools for urban Planners and Designers
  • Facebook, Urban Life and Youth Culture
  • Globalization, Migration and Transnationalism
  • Identities in the Making: Religion, Mobility and Urbanization in Central Asia
  • International Development: Donors, NGOs, Communities and Culture
  • Introduction to Urban and Regional Development
  • Migration and Development in Central Asia
  • Redesigning the Commons: Urban Design and Project Management
  • Religion and Spirituality as Cultural Categories
  • Thesis Writing 1: Literature Review and Research Methodology Design
  • Thesis Writing 2: Field-Data Analysis and Writing Up
  • University of Melbourne PhD, Urban Planning, 2002-2007, PhD Thesis: “Regional Changes in Kyrgyzstan: Bazaars, Open-Air Markets and Social Networks”
  • University of Illinois at Chicago, Master of Architecture (Landscape Urbanism) 2001-2002
  • University of Hawaii at Manoa, Master of Urban and Regional Planning, 1999-2001
  • Kyrgyz Institute of Architecture and Construction, Bachelor of Architecture (Urban Design), 1991-1997
  • Fulbright Research Scholar, George Washington University, 2018-2019
  • John Deier Memorial Excellence in Teaching Award (Professor of the year) 2015-2016 academic year, American University of Central Asia
  • Returning Scholar, Academic Fellowship Program, Soros Foundation and Open Society Institute, 2007 - 2013
  • International Postgraduate Research Scholarship, University of Melbourne, 2002–2006
  • Melbourne International Research Scholarship, University of Melbourne, 2002–2006
  • Asian Development Bank Scholarship, University of Hawaii, 1999–2001

Migration and mobility

  • Central Asian labor migration to Russia
  • Internal migration in Kyrgyzstan
  • Environmental migration
  • Migration and development in Central Asia


  • Tablighi Jamaat in Kyrgyzstan
  • Islamic civil society in Central Asia
  • Vulnerability and resilience to radicalization in Kyrgyzstan
  • Religion and migration in Kyrgyzstan
  • State religious policy in Kyrgyzstan


  • Urban topics in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
    • Urban poverty 
    • Urban activism
    • Urban rivers
    • Green spaces
    • informal city
    • Traditional neighborhoods
  • Deserted mining towns in Kyrgyzstan

Books and Special Issues

  • Nasritdinov, E. & T. Kozhoeva (forthcoming) Migration in Kyrgyzstan: Here, There and In-Between, Contemporary Central Asian Series, Lexington Books, manuscript in production after two reviews
  • Nasritdinov, E., Kyrgyz Tablighi Jamaat: The Spiritual Nomads of Central Asia, Contemporary Central Asian Series, Lexington Books, book prospectus accepted, first draft in the final stages of completion
  • Nasritdinov, E. (ed) Alternative Guide to Urban Places and Faces in Bishkek, first draft nearing completion, potentially Dom Publishers
  • Nasritdinov, E. & S. du Boulay (eds) (2022) Autoethnographies of Spiritual Practices in Central Asia, special issue in Ketmen: International Journal for Central Asian Voices
  • Nasritdinov & Schroeder (eds) (2017) Re/Claiming Bishkek: Contestation and Activism in the City of Two Revolutions, special issue in Central Asian Affairs #4
  • Nasritdinov & K. O’Connor (2009) Regional Change in Kyrgyzstan: Bazaars, Cross-Border Trade and Social Networks, LAMBERT Academic Publishing

Articles in Books and Peer-Reviewed Journals

  • Nasritdinov E. and S. du Boulay (2022) Autoethnographies of Spiritual Practices in Central Asia: Introduction (2022) in Nasritdinov and du Boulay (eds) Autoethnographies of Spiritual Practices in Central Asia, Ketmen: International Journal for Central Asian Voices, #1
  • Spirituality and Families in Transition (2022) in Nasritdinov and du Boulay (eds) Autoethnographies of Spiritual Practices in Central Asia, Ketmen: International Journal for Central Asian Voices, #1
  • Bishkek: Searching for Asianness in a Post-Soviet City (forthcoming) in Hu (ed) Routledge Handbook of Asian Cities, Routledge
  • Mobile Livelihoods: How Kyrgyz Tablighis Balance Din and Duniya (forthcoming) in De La Croix and Reeves (eds) The Central Asian World, Routledge
  • Nasritdinov, E. and M. Myrzabaev (2022) Saudi Influence in Kyrgyzstan: Beyond Mosques, Schools, and Foundations, in Mandaville (ed) Wahhabism and the World: Understanding Saudi Arabia's Global Influence on Islam, Oxford University Press
  • Politics of Green Development in Bishkek (2022) in Isaacs and Marat (eds) The Routledge Handbook on contemporary Central Asia, Routledge
  • Nasritdinov, E. A. Abdoubaetova and G. Iskandarova (2021) Private Education, Inequality, and the Growing Social Divide in Bishkek, in Monthgomery, D. (ed) Central Asia: Contexts for Understanding, University of Pittsburg Press
  • Nasritdinov, E. & P. Schroeder (2017) Re/Claiming Bishkek: Contestations and Activisms in the City of Two Revolutions: An Introduction, in Nasritdinov & Schroeder (eds) Re/Claiming Bishkek, special issue in Central Asian Affairs #4, 97-128
  • The War of Billboards: Hijab, Secularism, and Public Space in Bishkek(2017) in Nasritdinov & Schroeder (eds) Re/Claiming Bishkek, special issue in Central Asian Affairs #4, 217-242
  • "Only by Learning How to Live Together Differently Can We Live Together at All": Readability and Legibility of Central AsianMigrants' Presence in Urban Russia (2016) in Schroder (ed.) Urban Spaces and Lifestyles in Central Asia and Beyond, special issue in Central Asian Survey, 35:2, 257-275,
  • Nasritdinov, E. and P. Schroeder (2016) From Frunze to Bishkek: Soviet Territorial Youth Formations and Their Decline in the 1990-s and 2000-s, Central Asian Affairs, 3, 1-28
  • Nasritdinov, E., B. Zhumakadyr kyzy, and D. Asanalieva (2015) Myths and Realities of Bishkek’s Novostroikas, in Laruelle (ed.)Kyrgyzstan beyond 'Democracy Island' and 'Failing State': Factoring Social and Political Challenges in a Post-Soviet Society, M.E.Sharpe
  • Nasritdinov, E., E.Gareyeva, & T. Efremenko (2015) How Small Kitchens Become Even Smaller: Social Life of Soviet Microdistricts, in Daou, Huppatz, and Dinh (eds) Unbounded: on the Interior and Interiority, Cambridge Scholars Publishing
  • Fryer, P., E. Nasritdinov and E. Satybaldieva (2014) Moving Towards the Brink? Migration in the Kyrgyz Republic, Central Asian Affairs, Vol. 1, N.2
  • Nasritdinov E. & K. O’Connor (2013) Globalization as Fuel, Ethnicity as Engine: How Markets Reactivate Local Culture, in Pultar (ed.) Imagined Identities: De/Construction of Ethnicity and Nationhood in the Age of Globalization, Syracuse Press
  • Ismailbekova, A. and Nasritdinov. E (2012) Transnational Religious Networks in Central Asia: Structure, Travel and Culture of Kyrgyz Tablighi Jama’at, Transnational Social Review, volume 2, No.2, pp.177-195
  • Spiritual Nomadism and Central Asian Tablighi Travellers (2012) in S. Oushakine (ed.) Variety of Post-Colonialisms, Ab Imperio, issue 2, 2012
  • Nasritdinov, E., M. Ablezova, (2009) Environmental Migration: Case of Kyrgyzstan, inAfifi, T. and J. Jagger (eds.) Environment, Forced Migration and Human Security, International Organization on Migration 
  • Mountains in the Evolution of Visual Arts in Kyrgyzstan(2006),in Joubert (ed.) Arts Education in Asia, Kluwer-Springer, Dordrecht Netherlands
  • Nasritdinov E. & K. O’Connor (2006) Social Texture of the Central Asian Commercial Terrain: Kyrgyz, Russian and Uzbek Merchants in the Post-Soviet Trading Networks, International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 4, Number 5

Policy Reports

  • Peyrouse, S. and E. Nasritdinov (2021) Engaging with Muslim Civil Society in Central Asia: Components, Approaches and Opportunities, special report by the United State Institute for Peace
  • Nasritdinov, E., Z. Urmanbetova, K. Murzakhalilov, and M. Myrzabaev (2019) Vulnerability and Resilience of Young People in Kyrgyzstan to Radicalization, Violence and Extremism: Analysis Across Five Sectors, CAP paper #213, January 2019, Central Asia Program, Elliot School of International Affairs, George Washington University
  • Nasritdinov, E. & T. Kozhoeva (2017) Effect of Kyrgyzstan’s Accession to Eurasian Economic Union on the Life of Kyrgyz Migrants in Russia, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
  • Vulnerability of Labor Migrants from Kyrgyzstan to Engagement with Violent Extremist Groups (2017) United Nations Development Program, Bishkek
  • Buildingthe Future: Materialization of Kyrgyz and Tajik Migrants' Remittances in the Construction Sectors of their Home Countries,(2015) Regional Migration Programme, Department for International Development, UK
  • Nasritdinov, E. and N. Bekmurzaev (2015) Exploringthe Potential for Introducing the "Education for Peace" Course in the Curriculum of Islamic Educational Institutions in Kyrgyzstan,United Nations Population Fund, Kyrgyzstan
  • Nasritdinov, E. and N. Esenamanova (2014) Religious Security in Central Asia, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
  • Nasritdinov, E. and N. Schenkkan (2012) Portrayal of Absence: Skipped Generation Households in Kyrgyzstan, Open Society Institute and HelpAge International, Kyrgyzstan
  • Nasritdinov, E., N. Kholmatova and A. Sheralieva (2011) Breaking the Stereotypes: Kyrgyz and Tajik Labor Migrants in Kazan,UNESCO, Kyrgyzstan
  • Nasritdinov, E., and Student Research Team, AUCA (2010) Informal Economy and Social Vulnerability in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, HelpAge International, Kyrgyzstan
  • Nasritdinov, E., M. Ablezova & Rahimov (2009) The Effect of Migration on the Elderly People in Kyrgyzstan, HelpAge International, Kyrgyzstan
  • Nasritdinov, E. & Student Research Team, AUCA (2008) Discrimination of Internal Migrants in Bishkek, Social Research Center, American University of Central Asia
  • Chief editor, co-founder, Ketmen: International Journal for Central Asian Voices (
  • Director, co-founder, Social Innovations Lab Kyrgyzstan, American University of Central Asia (
  • Researcher, Research Institute for Islamic Studies, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan (
  • Coordinator, Anthropology Club KG, AUCA (
  • Researcher, Central Asian Studies Institute, American University of Central Asia (
  • Researcher, Tyan-Shan Policy Center, American University of Central Asia (
  • Thematic Leader on Migration, Migration Research Track, Social Research Center, American University of Central Asia
  • Alumni, East-West Center, University of Hawaii at Manoa

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