My research interests include political participation and democratization, state and nation building, public policy making and public administration reform in the Kyrgyz Republic and other post-Soviet countries. My PhD dissertation is on factors influencing electoral participation and voting behavior in the countries of post-Soviet Central Asia, with a focus on the Kyrgyz Republic (1991 â€“ 2012). I have published on politics, public administration, and higher education of Kyrgyzstan and Central Asia, and have regularly commented on pressing public policy issues of Kyrgyzstan in various national and international mass media outlets.
Â· Youth and Education in Central Asia (co-authored with Martha C. Merrill). In Alexander Warkotsch, ed. The European Union and Central Asia. London and New York: Routledge, 2011, pp. 115-131.
Â· Book Review: Kazakistan'Ä±n Yeniden DoÄŸuÅŸu: 1986 AralÄ±k OlaylarÄ± [Rebirth of Kazakhstan: The December 1986 Events]. By Abdulvahap Kara. Istanbul: Ufuk Ã–tesi YayÄ±nlarÄ±, 2006. 176 pp. In CENTRAL ASIAN SURVEY, Vol. 26, Issue 3, September 2007, pp.450-453.
Â· Politics and Public Policy in the Post-Soviet Central Asia: the Case of Higher Education Reform in Kyrgyzstan (research report). CENTRAL EURASIAN STUDIES REVIEW, Vol.3, Issue 2, Spring 2004.
Â· Understanding Politics in Kyrgyzstan (co-authored with William W. Hansen). DEMSTAR Research Report No. 16, Department of Political Science, University of Aarhus, October 2003.
Â· State Bureaucracy in Kyrgyzstan: Problems and Perspectives. In â€œThe Nature of University Education and Research: Conference Proceedingsâ€ (May 30, 1999). - Bishkek: American University in Kyrgyzstan, 1999, pp.229-233.
Â· Genezis i razvitie antibyurokraticheskih tradizii [v Kyrgzystane] (Genesis and Development of the Anti-Bureaucratic Traditionsin Kyrgyzstan), Journal â€œLogosâ€, Issue 2, 1999, pp.42-48 (in Russian).
Â· The 50th Annual Convention of the International Studies Society (ISA). Paper presented: â€œState Institutions and Prospects of Democratisation in Kyrgyzstanâ€ (New York, NY, February 2009)
Â· The 64th Annual National Conference of the Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA). Discussant for panel â€œFormer Soviet Central Asia Under the Spotlightâ€ (Chicago, Illinois, April 2006)
Â· International Workshop on Socioeconomic and Political Challenges in the Middle East and Central and East Asia. Paper presented: â€œProblems and Perspectives of Decentralization in Kyrgyzstanâ€ (Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, May 2004)
Â· The 11th Annual Conference of the Network of Institutions and Schools in Public Administration in Central and Eastern Europe (NISPAcee): â€œEnhancing the Capacities to Govern: Challenges facing the CEE countries.â€ Paper presented: â€œBureaucrats, Politicians and Public Policy Formation in post Soviet Central Asia: Case of Kyrgyzstanâ€ (Bucharest, Romania, April 2003)
Â· Third Annual Conference of the Central Eurasian Studies Society (CESS). Paper presented: â€œPolitico-Administrative Relations in Kyrgyzstan: Theory and Practiceâ€ (the University of Wisconsin-Madison, October 2002)
Â· The 8th International Conference on Central Asia and the Caucasus â€œLessons from the Past, Prospects for the Futureâ€ (Tehran, Iran). Paper presented: â€œPolitico-administrative relations in Post-Soviet Central Asia: Case of Kyrgyzstan.â€ (June 2000)
Â· The 8th NISPAcee Annual Conference: â€œTen Years of Transition: Prospects and Challenges of the Future for Public Administrationâ€ (Budapest, Hungary). Paper presented: â€œPolitico-Administrative Relations and Prospects of Democratization in post-Soviet Central Asiaâ€ (April 2000).
Â· The 7th NISPAcee Annual Conference: â€œImproving Relations Between the Administration and the Publicâ€ (Sofia, Bulgaria). Paper presented: â€œPublic Administration reform in Kyrgyzstan: Problems and Prospectsâ€ (March 1999)