Maya Satlykgylyjova - Central Asian women students' self-understandings
For women, studying in a foreign country carries implications for their sense of identity -- namely, the way they choose to practice their agency and view themselves as well as their intimate attachments and identifications with family, traditions, landscapes, and society. The changes that international students experience lead them to live in a parallel universe, one that belongs to them alone. In her dissertation, Maya explores Central Asian women students' self-understandings after studying in the American higher education system for two years or more. By drawing from the contemporary feminist theories of cultural hybridity, Maya seeks a position from which to identify possibilities for identity construction through negotiations of cultural differences.