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Asel Doolotkeldieva, Ph.D. in Politics

Assistant Professor

International and Comparative Politics Department

Division of Social Sciences


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Phone: +996 (312) 915000 ext. 458

Room: 215

  • Central Asian Politics
  • Methods of Political research
  • Introduction to Political Studies
  • Introduction to Political Theory

PhD in Politics, University of Exeter, UK.

MPhil in Comparative Political Sociology/Post-soviet studies, Sciences Po Paris, France. 

I currently pursue four research projects:

  • Perceptions of China, US, and Russia in the region", under the project “Russian, Chinese, Militant, and Ideologically Extremist Messaging Effects on United States Favorability Perceptions in Central Asia”, together with George Mason University and George Washington University;
  • Protests and social mobilizations in Kyrgyzstan and Central Asia;
  • Islam, religious knowledge and gender;
  • Political economy of resource extraction and social contestations.

“Serving to God, serving to community: competing strategies of institutionalization among madrasas of Kyrgyzstan”, Central Asian Affairs, (forthcoming, winter 2020 

“Religiosity among female youth: discipline, time management, self-development and social integration”, Cahiers d’Asie Centrale (forthcoming, winter 2020)

“Uncertainty Perpetuated? The Pitfalls of a Weakly Institutionalized Party System in Kyrgyzstan”, with Alexander Wolters, Central Asian Affairs, Issue 4, January 2017, pp. 26-50

“State as resource, mediator and performer: understanding the local and global politics of gold mining in Kyrgyzstan”, with John Heathershaw, Central Asian Survey, Vol. 34, Issue 1, March 2015

“Peripheral protests as an opportunity: “Brokers” in action”, in Laruelle, M. & Engvall, J., Kyrgyzstan beyond “Democracy Island” and “Failing State”, Lexington Books, 2015

“Development of political parties in rural Kyrgyzstan in semi-parliamentarian conditions”, Bishkek, 2015

Critical forum of Scott Radnitz, Weapons of the Wealthy, Central Asian Survey, Volume 32, Issue 1, 2013

«Les Flux Migratoires Du Kirghizstan Vers La Russie : Politiques Publiques, Stratégies Migratoires Et Réseaux Associatifs» in M. Laruelle (et al.), Dynamiques migratoires et changements sociétaux en Asie Centrale, Paris, Petra, 2010 (in French)

«Presidential elections in Kyrgyzstan: technologies, context and implications», China and Eurasia Quarterly, vol.7, N3, 2009


Work in Progress:

Book manuscript based on PhD dissertation: “Microdynamics of protests in post-revolutionary Kyrgyzstan: between cycles of frustration and distrust or the pitfalls of democratization”

“Bringing the state back: neoliberalization of natural resources, mining conflicts and resistance of Homo Sovieticus” (article prepared for submission to Environment and Planning, section C)

“Corporate Social Responsibility within Authoritarian Neoliberal Contexts: the Case of Kyrgyz Gold Mining” (article prepared for submission to the Resources Policy Journal)

“The madrasa politics: secularism, society and competing Islamic fellowships in Kyrgyzstan” (article prepared for submission to Religion, State and Society)

“Growing religiosity among Kyrgyzstan’s female youth: Islam as a personal development project and as a social integration project” (article prepared for submission to the Journal of Youth Studies)

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