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Emilbek Dzhuraev

Associate Professor

International and Comparative Politics

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Courses taught

Theories of Democracy, Politics of Kyrgyzstan, Introduction to Political Studies, Introduction to Comparative Politics, Politics of Contention, Political Geography and Geopolitics



Research and Writing


Bertelsmann Transformation Index 2010: Kyrgyzstan, for Bertelsmann Foundation (Germany), published within BTI-2010 report:


“People, Social Contract, and Society: the Role of NGO’s in Kyrgyzstan’s Development”, journal Tretiy Sektor, No. 4, July 2007, pp. 27-31; Bishkek (In Russian)


Bertelsmann Transformation Index 2006: Kyrgyzstan, for Bertelsmann Foundation (Germany), with lead co-author John Heathershaw, published within BTI-2006 report:


“Election Observation: An Institution Under Threat?”, in Stina Torjesen and Indra Overland, eds, Observing or Participating in Regime Change?, published by Norwegian Institute for International Affairs (NUPI), 2006, pp. 8-24. Accessible at:


“Ethnicity and Education in Kyrgyzstan”, a study of problems in bilingual/multilingual education in Kyrgyzstan, for the OSCEAcademy in Bishkek, completed July 2005.


“Central Asia: Guns, Power and Politics”, main article, with lead co-author Alun Howard, in Small Arms and Human Security Bulletin of Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (Geneva), Issue 4, October 2004, accessible at: 


Small Arms Control in Central Asia, with John Heathershaw and two other co-authors, for International Alert, London, April 2004. Accessible at:


Public presentations and media articles (brief):


“Civil and Political Rights in Central Asia: A Political Sketch”, presentation at the OSCEAcademy in Bishkek, workshop for human rights activists, November 2005.


“Modern History of Kyrgyzstan”, presentation for Peace Corps new volunteers orientation session, Kant, Kyrgyzstan, 2005.


“Aksy: A Turning Point, or a Dot on a Downward Slope?” analytical article on an incident of police violence in Kyrgyzstan, April 2002, accessible at:




University of Maryland, College Park (2007 – present)

Department of Government and Politics

PhD Candidate (dissertation defended; graduation pending)


IndianaUniversity, Bloomington (2000-2002)

Department of Political Science

MA, Political Science (International Relations and Political Theory)


AmericanUniversity in Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek (1998-2000)

Department of International and Comparative Politics

BA Summa Cum Laude, International Relations



Awards and Fellowships

Teaching and Research Fellowship (OSCEAcademy) – 2011-2012

Global Supplementary Grants Program awards (OSI) – from 2007 to 2010 academic years

Graduate Assistantship (Univ. of Maryland) – three-year award, 2008-2011

Graduate Fellowship (Univ. of Maryland) – 2007-2009

Opportunity Initiative stipend (US Embassy, Bishkek) – awarded in 2007 and 2008

James Emison Alumni Leadership Award (AUCA Board of Trustees) – 2006

Academic Fellowship Program (OSI), Returning Scholar fellowship – 2005-2006, 2012-2013

Civic Education Project (OSI), Local Scholar fellowship – 2002-2004

Master’s study full funding at IndianaUniversity (AUCA/US State Dept) – 2000-2002

FSA Undergraduate Exchange fellowship (at California State U, Chico) – 1997-1998 

Several academic travel grants – University of Maryland and American U of Central Asia

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