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Faculty & Staff

Asel Doolotkeldieva

Assistant Professor (sabbatical leave)

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 three research projects:
- 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)

American University of Central Asia
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Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic 720060

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