American University of Central Asia - AUCA - ELENA  KIM

Academic background:


2014               PhD in Development Studies, Department of Philosophy, University of Bonn, Germany

2003               MA in Gender Studies, Department of Gender Studies, Central European University, Hungary

2002               BA in Psychology, Department of Psychology, American University of Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan


Research interests:


Gender  development, ethnography, women, natural resources, violence


On-going research projects:


International Development and Research in Central Asia: Exploring the Knowledge-based Social Organization of Gender.

Center for Development Research, University of Bonn, Germany

Supported by a grant from the Dr. Hermann Eiselen Doctoral Programm of the Foundation fiat panis and German Academic Exchange Program (DAAD)


Completed research projects:


Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Campbell (PI), 2007-2008

Women’s non-governmental organizations in Kyrgyzstan, international funding, and the social organization of gender. The goal of this research was to determine mechanisms for how funding related to gender and women’s issues is allocated and realized in non-profit organizations in Central Asia.

Role: Co-Investigator


Professional activities and membership:


2014 - present            Welfare Committee, American University of Central Asia

2007-2010,                 Member, Academic Policy Committee, American University of Central

2013-present               Asia

2012-2014                  Member, Canadian Association for the Study of International Development

2009-2012                  Member, Society for the Study of Social Problems

2008-2010                  Member, Academic Senate, American University of Central Asia

2008-2010                  Chair, Student Intellectual Life Committee, American University of Central Asia




1. Kim, E., & Hornidge, A-K. (in press). IWRM in Uzbekistan: A global concept with local consequences. In Integrated water resources management: Concept, research and implementation. The Netherlands: Springer.

2. Kim, E., Hornidge, A-K., & Schetter, C. (in press). Uzbekistani agrarian policy reforms and their gendered effects on women's water-management practices. In L. Bisaillon (Ed.), Impact of public policy on everyday life: The policy stories that people tell. The Netherlands: Springer.

3. Kim, E. (in press). Exploring crisis intervention as practice: An institutional ethnography. In E. Molchanova & N. Agazade (Eds.), Mental health services in emergencies and crises: Guidelines for emergency responders. Bishkek.

4. Molchanova, E., Kim, E., Galako, T. (in press). Psychiatry in Kyrgyz Republic: Between the Soviet past and vague future. In I. Krasnov (Ed.), Handbook of Psychiatry in Russia and Central Asia. London: Routledge.

5.  Kim, E. (2014). Conceptual practice of “rural wellbeing” in Uzbekistan: Contradictions and implications for gender equality. Rural Society, 23(3), 242–255.

6. Kim, E. A. (2014). International development and research in Central Asia: Exploring the knowledge-based social organisation of gender. Doctoral dissertation. Retrieved from University of Bonn database.

7. Molchanova, E., Kosterina, E., Kim, E., Horne, S. G., Latipova, K., & Koga, M. (2013). Counseling in the Kyrgyz Republic. In T. H. Hohenshil, N. E. Amundson & S. G. Niles (Eds.), Counseling around the world: An international handbook, pp. 107-116 . Washington, DC: American Counseling Association.

8. Kim, E., & Campbell, M. (2013). Violence Against Women and Peace Building: Tracking Ruling Relations in Women’s Development NGO in Kyrgyzstan. In A. Choudry and D. Kapoor (Eds.) NGO-ization: Complicity, contradictions and prospects, pp. 185-206. London: Zed Books.

9. Kim, E. (2011). Qualitative methodology and the psychology of participation in religious fundamentalism. In Psychology laboratory review, pp. 58-69. Bishkek: American University of Central Asia.

10. Molchanova, E., Kim, E., Horne, S., Aitpaeva, G., Alymkulov, J., Ten, V., & Pohilko, D. (2009). Status of Counseling in Kyrgyzstan. In L. H. Gerstein, P. P. Heppner, S. Ægisdóttir, S. M. A. Leung, & K. L. Norsworthy (Eds.), International handbook of cross-cultural counseling, pp. 265-281. London: Sage Publications.


Honors and Fellowships:


2014-present: Post-doctoral fellowship by Volkswagen-funded project “Translocal goods”, Institute for Asian and African Studies, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany                                

2010-2013: Doctoral fellowship by German Academic Exchange Service to pursue program at the Center for Development Research, University of Bonn, Germany

2005-2012: Returning Scholar fellowship by Academic Fellowship Program at Open Society Institute, Budapest, Hungary

2002-2003: Full scholarship by Open Society Institute to pursue MA program at Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

2000-2001: Full scholarship by the United States State Department’s Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (ACCELS/ACTR) to participate in a one year academic exchange program at the State University of New York, NY, USA


Academic courses taught:

Experimental Psychology and Practicum - 3-level required course

Social Psychology - 3-level required course

Senior Thesis Seminar - 4-level required course

Introductory Psychology - 1-level gen.ed. course

Developmental Psychology - 3-level required course


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