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Mokhira Suyarkulova

Ph.D., Associate Professor

Psychology Department

Division of Social Sciences


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Dr. Mokhira Suyarkulova is an Associate Professor in the Psychology department at the American University of Central Asia. She holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from the University of Saint Andrews (2011, UK), a Master of Letters (MLitt) in Middle Eastern and Central Asian Security Studies with distinction from the School of International Relations at the University of Saint Andrews (2006, UK), and a BA in International and Comparative Politics (summa cum laude) from the American University of Central Asia (2005, Kyrgyzstan). She attended an undergraduate exchange program at the University of Vermont (2002-2003, USA) and studied at the University of World Economy and Diplomacy (2000-2002, Uzbekistan). 

Dr. Suyarkulova joined AUCA in 2015 as a Research Coordinator at the Central Asian Studies Institute and became an Associate Professor in the International and Comparative Politics department in 2015-2017 and in the Sociology department (2017-2020). She is a Co-founder of Queer Academics at AUCA and served as a Board Member of the Central Eurasian Studies Society (CESS) and an editorial Board Member of the Central Asian Survey journal.

Dr. Suyarkulova was an awardee of the Distinguished Teaching Award 2022. She received the 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) and was awarded the Matthew Nimetz Award for academic publications several times. 

  • Matthew Nimetz Award for publications in journals indexed in the Scopus database (awarded four times). 
  • 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), 2017

  • 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, 2015-2018
  • 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, 2006
  • OSI/ FCO Chevening Scholarship to pursue M Litt in Middle East and Central Asian Security Studies at the University of Saint Andrews, 2005-2006
  • Full scholarship to pursue studies at the American University of Central Asia, 2003-2005
  • OSI Summer Civil Society Internship Grant to intern with Social Science Research Council, New York, 2003
  • OSI Undergraduate Exchange Programme Grant to attend the University of Vermont in Burlington, VT, USA, 2002-2003
  • Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Nationalism and Statehood
  • Politics of Modernization in Central Asia
  • Political Ecology and Environmental History


  • Co-authored with Nina Bagdasarova and Georgy Mamedov, Книга о счастье. Для молодых (и не очень) ЛГБТ (и не только) людей, в соавторстве с Ниной Багдасаровой и Георгием Мамедовым, NGO Bookstall (Книги для развития), Бишкек, 2020.


Book chapters: 

  • Book chapter, “Utterly Other: Queering Central Asia, Decolonizing Sexuality”, in Reeves, Madeleine and Jeanne Feaux de la Croix, eds. Central Asian World, Routledge, 2023.
  • The 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
  • “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.
  • “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.
  • “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.
  • «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.
  • 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.

Book review: 

  • Рец. на: Тлостанова М. Деколониальность бытия, знания и ощущения. Сборник статей. Алматы: Центр современной культуры «Целинный», 2020, Антропологии/Anthropologies, № 1, 2022: 151-154. 
  • Book review: Soviet and Post-Soviet Sexualities by Richard Mole, ed. Feminist Review 21 (1), March 2021: 158-159.
  • 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.


  • 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. 

Research article:

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

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.

Opinion piece:

  • Art in Psychology
  • Ethics and Diversity in Psychology
  • Feminism and Psychology
  • Graduate Writing, Thinking, and Learning
  • Happiness: Private/Public Feeling
  • Psychology of Human Sexuality


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