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Mokhira Suyarkulova

Associate Professor

Psychology Department

Division of Social Sciences


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1. Psychology of Human Sexuality

2. Foundations of knowledge: Institutional and individual

3. Research and Writing Colloquium III

4. Happiness: private/public feeling 

Feb 2007-Feb 2011  PhD  in International Relations University of St Andrews, St Andrews, UK

Sept 2005-Nov 2006 M Litt in Middle Eastern and Central Asian Security Studies (Distinction) University of St Andrews School of International Relations,  St Andrews

Aug 2003-June 2005 BA in International and Comparative Politics (Summa Cum Laude) American University-Central Asia, Bishkek. Kyrgyzstan 

Aug 2002-May 2003  Open Society Institute Undergraduate Exchange Program (non-degree) University of Vermont, Burlington, USA 

Sept 2000-May 2002 University of World Economy and Diplomacy (UWED), Tashkent, Uzbekistan

  • 2018 - Matthew Nimetz Award for publications in journals indexed in Scopus database for “Fashioning the Nation: Gender and Politics of Dress in Contemporary Kyrgyzstan”, Nationalities Papers, (Vol. 44, No. 2, 2016).
  • 2017 - ASN Henry Huttenbach Prize for the best article published in Nationalities Papers in 2016 for “Fashioning the Nation: Gender and Politics of Dress in Contemporary Kyrgyzstan” (Vol. 44, No. 2, 2016). 


  • 2015-2018 – regional co-coordinator and postdoctoral fellow of the research project “The ‘Social Life’ of a River: Environmental Histories, Social Worlds and Conflict Resolution along the Naryn/Syr Darya” funded by the Volkswagen Foundation
  • Autumn 2006 (23 Sept-16 Dec)– Hansard/OSI/Chevening Research Scholars Programme to pursue a course at the London School of Economics, an individual research project and a policy internship with the Oversees Development Institute  
  • 2005-2006 –OSI/ FCO Chevening Scholarship  to pursue M Litt in Middle East and Central Asian Security Studies at the University of St Andrews 
  • 2003-2005 –Full scholarship to pursue studies at the American University of Central Asia 
  • Summer 2003 -  OSI Summer Civil Society Internship Grant to intern with Social Science Research Council in New York City 
  • 2002-2003 – OSI Undergraduate Exchange Programme Grant to attend the University of Vermont in Burlington, VT, USA



  • Nationalism and statehood
  • Politics of modernisation in Central Asia
  • Political ecology and environmental history
  • Gender and sexuality studies

Book chapter, “City of Lenin and the Socialist Life of a River: Gendered Enviro-Technical History of Leninabad/Khujand and the Syrdarya”, in Joffre-Eichhorn, Hjalmar Jorge, ed. Lenin150(Samizdat), KickAss books, 2020. 

Opinion piece, “’Your traditions, our blood!’: the struggle against patriarchal violence in Kyrgyzstan”, Open Democracy, April 2, 2020.

Opinion piece, “Fateful Feminnale: An insider’s view of a ‘controversial’ feminist art exhibition in Kyrgyzstan”, Open Democracy, January 9, 2020.

Keynote address, “Becoming an Activist Scholar: Towards a more politically engaged and socially accountable research practices in Central Asian studies” (full text of the invited key note speeches at the CESS annual conference, held at George Washington University in October 2019), CESS Blog, December 12, 2019. 

Opinion piece. “A view from the margins: alienation and accountability in Central Asian studies”, Open Democracy, October 10, 2019. 

Book chapter. “How can we translate ‘queer’ into (Kyrgyzstani) Russian?”, in Caroline Cottet and Manuela Picq, eds., Sexuality and Translation in World Politics, open access book on E-International Relations internet portal, 2019.

Opinion piece. “’Renegade research’: hierarchies of knowledge production in Central Asia”, Open Democracy, December 10, 2018.

Рассказ. «Новая жизнь с понедельника», Совсем другие: сборник феминистской и квир-фантастики / Сост. и ред. О. Шаталова, Г. Мамедов. Бишкек: Штаб-Press, 2018. 

Article. «Кыргызстан: Советский Фрунзе – центр космических исследований»,, 31 May 2017. 

Article. “Soviet Frunze – A Center for Space Research?”, Central Eurasian Scholars and Media Initiative (CESMI), 1 February 2017. 

Глава в сборнике. «Передовая периферия: фрунзенское ОКБ ИКИ как «закономерная случайность» позднесоветского развития», Альманах №2. Понятия о советском в Центральной Азии, сост. и ред. Г. Мамедов, О. Шаталова. Бишкек: ШТАБ, 2016, cc. 434-465.

Research article. “Fashioning the nation: gender and politics of dress in contemporary Kyrgyzstan”, Nationalities Papers Vol. 44, Iss. 2, 2016, pp. 247-265.

Article. “Early Soviet Policies of Women’s Emancipation in the Kazakh Steppes”, CESMI, September 2015. 

Мақола. “Шўроларнинг Қозоқ аёлларига тенг ҳуқуқ бериш сиёсати”, BBC Uzbek Service, 11 September 2015. 

Research article. Co-authored with Jeanne Féaux de la Croix, “The Rogun Complex: Public Roles and Historic Experiences of Dam-Building in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan”, Cahiers d’Asie Centrale No. 25, 2015, pp. 103-132.

Глава в сборнике. “Научно-технический утопизм в городском пространстве Бишкека”, Бишкек Утопический. Сборник текстов/ сост. и ред. Г. Мамедов, О. Шаталова. Бишкек: Школа теории и активизма, 2015.

Research article. “Between national idea and international conflict: The Roghun HPP as an anti-colonial endeavor, body of the nation, and national wealth”, Water History Iss. 6, No. 4, 2014, pp. 367-383.

Book chapter. “Statehood as Dialogue: Conflict Historical Narratives of Tajikistan and Uzbekistan”, in Heathershaw, John and Edmund Herzig, eds. The Transformation of Tajikistan: Sources of Statehood, Routledge, 2012.

 Book chapter. “Reluctant Sovereigns? Meanings of Paths to Sovereignty in Central Asia” in Cummings, Sally N. and Raymond Hinnebusch, eds. Sovereignty after Empire: Comparing Legacies in the Middle East and Central Asia, Edinburgh University Press, 2011.

Book review, John Heathershaw, Post-Conflict Tajikistan: The Politics of Peacebuilding and the Emergence of Legitimate Order. Central Asian Series, London and New York: Routledge, 2009, Europe-Asia Studies, Vol. 62, No. 2, March 2010, pp. 367-368.

Review article, “Nationalisms in Central Asia” (Natsionalizmi v Srednei Azii: v poiskah identichnosti [Nationalisms in Middle Asia: in search of identity] by Sergei Abashin, Sankt-Peterburg, Aleteia, 2007 and Rethinking Kazakh and Central Asian nationhood: a challenge to prevailing Western views by R. Charles Weller, Los Angeles, Asia Research Associates, 2006), Central Asian Survey, Vol. 27, Issue 3 & 4, September 2008, pp. 395-399.

Co-founder of Queer Academics AUCA

Board Member of Central Eurasian Studies Society (CESS)

Editorial board member of the Central Asian Survey journal

General Assembly member of LGBT organization “Labrys Kyrgyzstan

Board member of the EuroCentralAsian Lesbian* Community (EL*C)

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