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Galina Gorborukova

Department Chair / Associate Professor

Sociology Department

Division of Social Sciences


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Phone: +996 (312) 915000 ext. 446

Room: 315

Associate Professor

Master of Arts in Talent Management and Human Potential Development in Organizations

Division of Social Sciences


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Phone: +996 (312) 915000 ext. 446

Room: 315

  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Identity and Differences
  • Social Stratification and Inequality
  • Sociology of Organization
  • Sociology of Consumption
  • Sociology of Measurement

May 2012 – September 2012

Post-Doctoral Programme

Department of Social Psychology of University de Montreal, Canada.


May 2005 Ph.D. in Sociology

Thesis focus:  Russian strata in Kyrgyzstan (the historical and sociological aspects). Kyrgyz State National University, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.


September 1993 – September 1996

Post-graduate study

Department of Sociology of Bishkek Humanitarian University, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan


September 1986 – September 1991

Higher education,

Department of History of the Kyrgyz State National University, Department of History, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan


  • Certified Professional Trainer of the MAXQDA Company from 2016
  • Gender Equality Officer of the American University of Central Asia from May 2019

Responsibilities: The Gender Equality Officer is responsible for ensuring gender equality among the University's academic support staff.  Development of AUCA gender policy; making recommendations to the AUCA Administration on emerging gender issues; analyzing gender indicators provided by AUCA offices and proposing new indicators; and proposing strategic solutions to gender-related issues at AUCA.


Professional and Management Experience 

  • June 2016 – till now

Head and Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, American University of Central Asia, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.


  • May 2012 – September 2012

Visiting Professor at the Department of Social Psychology of University de Montreal, Canada.


  • June 2013 – June 2016 Head of General Education Program, American University of Central Asia, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

General Education courses teach competency (skills) in English composition, mathematics, speech communication, health, the arts, humanities, behavioral and social sciences, and natural sciences. There are more than 70 faculties.

  • Head of Liberal Arts and Science Program

To lead existing concentrations and develop a new - Gender Studies Concentration. 

  • Gender Studies Program opened in 2015; this project consisted of two parts - 1) the curriculum design and its background, and 2) alternate class sessions, syllabi, and course readings. Gender Studies Concentration provides an integrated, interdisciplinary, intersectional approach to understanding the social and cultural constructions of gender that shape the experiences of women and men. Gender studies courses in the humanities, social sciences, and health professions promote critical thinking, intellectual growth, and self-awareness. The scholarly focus on experiences of gender across history, cultures, and societal institutions and structures, requires the women’s and gender studies program to cross traditional disciplinary boundaries and analytical frameworks, and to ask critical questions about social and power structures and the status quo.


Academic Training 

  • Workshop Ethnographic Research Methods to Study Faculty. John Cabot University, Roma, January 3 -7 2013. 
  • Workshop Collaborative Learning Technologies. The center for Learning and Teaching in collaboration with AMICAL. The American University in Cairo. Egypt, November 2012.
  • Workshop in Research Teaching and Course Design. Open Society Institute. Higher Education Support Program, Central Asia Research and Training Initiative. 17 – 22 August 2010, Akbuk, Didim, Turkey.
  • Regional Seminar for Excellence in Teaching, “Comparative Study of Everyday Life: Current Theoretical Paradigms, Methodological Orientations, and Teaching Practices”, July 2010. Saint –Petersburg, Russia.
  • Professional development workshop Using WEB technology to supplement face-to-face courses and enhance classroom activity June 2010, AUCA, Bishkek
  • Professional development workshop “Innovation practice and technology: E-portfolio in the University”, April 2010, AUCA, Bishkek.
  • Regional Seminar for Excellence in Teaching, “Comparative Study of Everyday Life: Current Theoretical Paradigms, Methodological Orientations, and Teaching Practices”, July 2009. Saint –Petersburg, Russia.
  • Three years Summer School HESP Regional Seminar for Excellence in Teaching, “Nationhood and Narrative in Central Asia: History, Context, Critique”, 2005 – 2008, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.
  • Summer school “Identity: search, manufacture, reproduction”. Funded by Soros-Kyrgyzstan, F. Eberta's fund, OSCE, July 2005, Issyk-Kul, Kyrgyzstan.
  • The Workshop “Individual and Society” for excellence in teaching. AKHP, “June - July 2005, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.
  • “Erasmus+ Capacity Building in Higher Education project to establishing Master Programs in HRM and Talent Development in Central Asia.” AUCA is one of the Universities (11 universities in the consortium) to open a new MA program.
    Time is October 2018 – 2020. Awarded to this project is 947.595,00 € for all partners
  • Erasmus + Credit Mobility Grant between AUCA and Magdeburg University within Erasmus+ programme. Starting from fall semester 2017 – till 2023. MA students and sociology faculties of AUCA should visit The Otto-von-Guericke University of Magdeburg
  • DAAD grant “Dialogues on Youth Friendly Gender- & Diversity-Responsive Sexual & Reproductive Health Education – A German-Kyrgyz Interdisciplinary Project for Capacity Building in Applied Research.” The collaborative project between the American University of Central Asia (AUCA) and Kiel University of Applied Sciences. The project involves field research, teaching events, including the development of innovative teaching formats, curricula development, staff and student exchanges, and intercultural forums throughout the whole project. It strives to build up and strengthen multilateral networks with universities of neighboring countries. January 2019 – December 2019
  • Research grant –USAID, Joint Project AUCA, and University de Montréal: “The role of historical events in people’s personal and collective well-being: A comparative research between Kyrgyzstan and Québec.” June 2015 - March 2016
  • Research grant “Why do people not vote? A study of social factors influencing voting behavior of Bishkek and Osh residents” USAID Defeat TB project, February 2017 – November 2017
  • Research grant – CASI/USAID, Joint Project AUCA, and University de Montréal: “The role of historical events in people’s personal and collective well-being: A comparative research between Kyrgyzstan and Québec.” June 2015 - March 2016
  • Research grant and scholarship sociological research “Study of ethnical identity Russian in Bishkek,” Open society institute. Higher Education Support Program. Budapest, Hungary. August 2009 - June 2011
  • The personal grant American University of Central Asia, given to developing the modern guide “Social Stratification and inequality,” Fall 2007.
  • Minorities study, the everyday ethnicity and cultural interaction of ethnic groups
  • Migrational study
  • Stratification analysis – deprivation studies, poverty and survival strategies
  • Social change, memory and individual and collective trauma
  • Political research – participation or non-participation of the population in the voting
  • Cárdenas, D., de la Sablonnière, R., Gorborukova, G. L., Mageau, G. A., Amiot, C. E., & Sadykova, N. (2019) Participation in a new cultural group and patterns of identification in a globalized world: The moderating role of similarity. Self and Identity
  • Mehrigiul Ablezova, Galina Gorborukova, Shirin Tumenbaeva, (2018) Why Don’t People Vote? A survey study of voting behavior and its determinants in Bishkek and Osh cities of Kyrgyzstan. Вестник науки и образования № 14 (50).
  • Gorborukova, L. G., & de la Sablonnière, R. (2017) Kyrgyz identity and historical narrative: Does knowing one’s past help in making sense of the present in the context of dramatic social change? In book Reimagining Civic Society. Collection of articles on society in a time of change. Bishkek.
  • R. de la Sablonnière, C. Amiot, D. Cárdenas, N.l Sadykova, Galina L. Gorborukova, M. Huberdeau, (2016) Testing the subtractive pattern of cultural identification. European Journal of Social Psychology.
  • Eckhard Dittrich, Heiko Schrader, Galina Gorborukova, (2014) When Salary is not Enough …Private Households in Central Asia – Germany, book, 365 p.
  • Мирошниченко И., Горборукова Г. (2014) Технологи отбора и структурирования учебной информации с учетом образовательных потребностей учащихся. Вестник Бишкекского Гуманитарного Университета, Бишкек.
  • Consequences Kyrgyzstan’s entrance in Custom Union. The result of Social Research. Saint-Petersburg, 2013. Co-authorship.
  • V. Lakhonin, G. Gorborukova, D. Dergousoff (2013). Models of Collaboration: Comparative analysis of Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan rural societies.
  • G.Ibraeva, G.Gorborukova, M.Ablezova (2012) Impact Assessment Report – Poverty Reduction Program and identifying contribution of ecosystem’s goods and services into dynamic of wellbeing of beneficiaries households of PRSP UNDP”. UNDP PEI-PRSP.
  • Domashov I., Korotenko V., Gorborukova G., Ablezova M. (2011) Assessment of access to water, sanitation and hygiene knowledge, attitude and practice in schools and hospitals of Kyrgyzstan. Bishkek. UNICEF.
  • De la Sablonnière, R., Amiot, C. E., Sadykova, N., Cardenas, D., & Gorborukova, G. L. (accepted with revisions, 2011). Identity integration challenges in Kyrgyzstan: A subtractive process. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology.
    Gorborukova, G. (2010). Sociology of Social Stratification and the System of Inequality. Tutorial for students. Bishkek. Kyrgyzstan.
  • Bagdasarova, N., Gorborukova, G., Moldosheva A. (2009). Kyrgyz republic: country gender assessment in the sphere of politics 2008, 29-39.
  • Gorborukova, G., (2009). The levels of civil and ethnic identities in contemporary Bishkek. Academic Review, 9, 51-58.
    Gorborukova, G. (2007). Study on the Ethnic Identity trough a Prism of Civilization Approach. Congress on Turkic Civilization Globalization and Turkic Civilization. Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.
  • Abulgazieva, A., Gorborukova, G., Bogatyrev, V., Kurbanov, Z. (2007) History and identity of the Kyrgyz Republic, (pp. 129 -234). Bishkek.
  • Gorborukova, G. (2007). Russian strata in Bishkek: stratification approach. Society and Policy in Central Asia: history and contemporary, 11–13, 68-81. Poland.
  • Gorborukova, G. (2005) Interrelationship between of ethnic establishments and migration behavior of Bishkek Russians (according to the data of sociological research). Russian language in peoples the cooperation in CIS countries, 185 – 199.Bishkek.
  • Gorborukova, G. (2004). Children poverty, results of sociological research. Academic Review, 6, 48 – 59.
  • Gorborukova, G. (2003) Russian in Kyrgyzstan: problems and prospects. Transformations and Interventions. Critical perspectives on economy and culture in post – socialist societies. Social mobility in Kyrgyzstan. International Sociology Conference. Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.
  • Gorborukova, G. (2003) Russian strata in Kyrgyzstan: the historical - sociological aspect. Bishkek.
  • Gorborukova, G., Isaev K. (1998) Russian in Kyrgyzstan. Sociological Research
  • Canadian Psychological Association from 2017 – till present
  • International Sociological Association from 2013 – till present
  • Kyrgyzstan Sociological Association from 2006 – till present.

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