American University of Central Asia - AUCA - GRADUATES

GRADUATES

Tolgonai Kozhoeva

Anthropology '11

Tolgonai is currently studying at Joint German-turkish Master's Program in Social Sciences. Graduate: 2012-2014 GeT MA - the Joint German Turkish Masters Program in Social Sciences at the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Germany and the Middle East Technical University, Ankara Undegraduate: 2007-2011 B.A. in Anthropology, American University of Central Asia 2010 June-August International Summer School, Contemporary Norwegian Society, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway Research interests: Migration, Culture and Development, and Kinship

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Ekaterina Zinchenko

Anthropology'12

2012-2014 M.A. in Transcultural Studies, Rupert Karls Universität Heidelberg - DAAD Master's Scholarship 2012-2014 Graduate: 2012-2014 M.A. in Transcultural Studies, Rupert Karls Universität Heidelberg - DAAD Master's Scholarship 2012-2014 Undegraduate: 2007-2012 B.A. in Anthropology, American University of Central Asia - Open Society Institute Scholarship 2008-2009 College of Southern Idaho, USA: Anthropology – UGRAD Program, administered by IREX Research Focus: ethnic minorities, transcultural studies and integration processes

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Anna Marupova

Anthropology '10

Anna earned her Master' degree from Central European University, Hungary. She is currently working at Community Outreach and Research Volunteer Independence House (Domestic and sexual violence resource center) in USA. Anna Marupova Poplasky AnnaPoplasky@gmail.com Current location: Boston, USA. Graduate 2010-2011 Central European University Master of Arts in Sociology and Social Anthropology Undergraduate 2006-2010 American University of Central Asia Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology Research interests Women’s rights advocacy, development, traditionalism vs modernism. Publications 2010 - “The Effectiveness of Domestic Violence Advocacy Methods in Uzbekistan within a Strong Cultural Context”, The Problems of Natural and Humanitarian Sciences, Moscow. Employment experience February 2012 – till now Community Outreach and Research Volunteer Independence House (Domestic and sexual violence resource center), Barnstable, MA, USA 2011-2012 Development Associate (Fundraising Department) Central European University Budapest, Hungary 2011 Data Analysis Intern Mental Disability Advocacy Center Budapest, Hungary

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Aksana Ismailbekova

Anthropology '05

Aksana completed her PhD dissertation at Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology (MPI), Germany. She is currently studied Social Research in Edinburgh, Scotland. Aksana Ismailbekova a research fellow at the Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO). She is a member of the Crossroads Asia project. She has completed her PhD dissertation at Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology (MPI), Germany. In 2005 she was awarded with the joint Chevening/ Open Society Institute/ Edinburgh scholarship in order to complement her existing BA with the MS. She studied Social Research in Edinburgh, Scotland. She got her first BA degree in Cultural Anthropology at American University-Central Asia (AUCA), Kyrgyzstan. Her academic interests stem from research projects in Kyrgyzstan on kinship and politics, Islam, and migration. Her new project is based on the interlinkage between South Asia and Central Asia. In 2012 she plans to do research in Pakistan. 

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Eliza Isabaeva

Anthropology '05

Eliza earned her masters from the University of Bern, in Switzerland. She is currently doing research in Bishkek on illegal squatter communities and their relationship to the state for her Ph.D. Eliza Isabaeva graduated from the American University-Central Asia in 2005 majoring in Cultural Anthropology. She presented the results of the field research for her BA senior thesis paper at a regional conference at KIMEP, Almaty, Kazakhstan where she was awarded a certificate for the best undergraduate paper. Eliza finished her MA degree in Social Anthropology from the University of Bern, Switzerland with the Diploma of Honors (Insigni Cum Laude). A part of the research for her MA thesis paper was published in the Central Asian Survey’s special issue “Movement, Power and Place in Central Asia and Beyond: Contested Trajectories” (2011). Currently Eliza is a PhD student at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. In her new research project Eliza would like to show the interaction between the state and society on the example of internal migrants who reside in illegal squatter settlements around Bishkek city. In 2009 Eliza led the MUN team of the University of Bern to the annual NMUN conference in New York City. In 2010 she got a paid internship position at the ILO in Geneva serving as an Evaluation and Monitoring Officer. Eliza speaks Kyrgyz and Russian, fluent in English and German and has a good command of French and Turkish. Discovering new places, encountering new people, new cultures and new traditions, good food, snowboarding, children are what she is fond of. 

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Gulmira Aldekeeva

Anthropology '05

Gulmira is now pursuing her masters degree at the University of Bayreuth in Germany. Prior to her masters, she worked for the Aigine Cultural Research Center in Kyrgyzstan. Gulmira was born in the town of Cholpon-Ata in Issyk-Kul oblast, Kyrgyzstan, and went to school in Bosteri, Issyk-Kul. She graduated from the American University-Central Asia, Bishkek, in 2005 with Bachelor of Arts degree in Cultural Anthropology and Archeology. She worked in Aigine Cultural Research Center from September 2006 to January 2008. Currently she is a master student at the Department of Cultural and Social Anthropology at the University of Bayreuth, Germany. As a part of her MA studies, Gulmira undertook an anthropological fieldwork in a Hausa village in southern Niger on religion and everyday life in 2010. 

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Natalya Chemayeva

Anthropolgy '10

Natalya is now comlpeting her Masters Degree at Indiana University, studying Archeaology in Social Context. During her time at AUCA, Natalya did several research projects, including one on petroglyphs. NATALIYA CHEMAYEVA | Turkmenistan Graduate: 2011-2013 Indiana University in Bloomington, USA: Archaeology in Social Context – Fulbright Fellowship (MA degree) Undergraduate: 2005-2010 AUCA: Anthropology (major), Journalism and Mass Communication (minor) - OSI Scholarship 2006-2007 College of Southern Idaho, USA: Anthropology – UGRAD Program, administered by IREX Research Interests: Rock art (petroglyphs), ceramics, museum studies, conservation PUBLICATIONS: 2010 Chemayeva N., Semantic and Etic Analyses of petroglyphs of Kyrgyzstan – adapted technology of interpretation // Collected Articles of the Third Anthropological Conference, Bishkek, pp.110-115 2010 Chemayeva N., “Deer” image as a possible differentiator of social groups on the basis of Saimaly-Tash petroglyphs, Senior Thesis of American University of Central Asia, Bishkek (published online http://elibrary.auca.kg:8080/dspace/handle/123456789/353) 2009 Chemayeva N., Research of the Rock Art and “Deer” Analyses // Collected Articles of Second Central Asian Anthropological Student Conference “Socio-Cultural Changes in Contemporary Eurasia”, Bishkek, pg.77-78

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