Our Graduates

2016 Graduates

Alibek Akhmetov came to NU with a BA in English and French (2011) from the Eurasian National University in Astana. He was also a participant in the one-year professional development program at Nazarbayev University, and worked as a teacher of project writing at a Nazarbayev Intellectual School before he enrolled on the MA programme. He currently teaches Global Perspectives and Project Work at the Nazarbayev Intellectual School, Astana.

Research Interests: Social capital and social networks, social identity, social mobility, and elite formation.

Thesis Title: ‘The development of social capital among Bolashak graduates and the Alumni of other international programs in Astana

Laura Berdikhojaeva came to NU with a BA in English and Chinese languages (2009) from the Kazakh State Women’s Pedagogical University, Almaty, and an MA in Interdisciplinary Studies from the School of English language and literatures (2014) from the Central University of Rajasthan, India. She is currently working as a researcher on a project on environmental change in West Kazakhstan directed by the University of Ghent.

Research interests: Postcolonial studies and postcolonial literatures, Kazakh- Soviet Literature , Contemporary Kazakh Literature, Creative Writing.

Thesis Title: ‘Postcolonial readings of Oralkhan Bȯkei’s works‘.

Inzhuna Karazhanova came to NU with an MA in Politics (2011) from the University of Edinburgh, where she studied on a Bolashak Scholarship. After graduation she worked for the Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan as a Senior Expert in the International cooperation department. She is currently a Senior Expert at the Department for International Cooperation at the International Centre of Cultures and Religions in Astana.

Research Interests: Folklore and mythology, feminist critique and gender studies, popular culture criticism, queer studies and issues of social justice.

Thesis Title: ‘Monstrous femininity in kazakh folklore: delineating normative and transgressive womanhood

Yuan Gao came to NU with a BA in Russian language and literature (2012) from Fudan University, Shanghai, China and a Master’s diploma (with distinction) in Political Journalism (2014) from Moscow Pedagogical State University. She twice received a Chinese Government Scholarship for her study in Moscow. Before she came to Astana, she worked as an editor and journalist for several Chinese information centers, websites and think tanks. She is currently an affiliated student at the European University in St Petersburg, and in the Summer of 2017 will be taking up a fully-funded place on the Ph.D. programme in History at Georgetown University.

Research interests: Travelogues about Central Asia.  The history of non-Russian subjects within the Russian Empire.

Thesis Title: ‘Captivity and empire: Russian captivity narratives in fact and fiction

Nursultan Nurmukhanov came to NU with a BA in English and Turkish (2014) from Suleyman Demirel University, Almaty. He is currently working as a research project manager at the Shakhmardan Yessenov Foundation in Almaty.

Research interests: Environmental Studies, Anthropocene, Social and Cultural Anthropology, Environmental history, Social Psychology

Thesis Title: ‘Burabay National Park. Experiments in Tourism, Nation-Building Project, and Informal Economy

Xeniya Prilutskaya came to NU with a BA in German and English (1999) from Karaganda State University. After graduation she worked at Karaganda State University and at the Lingua Insitute for Language and Translation  as teacher of German and lecturer of the Theoretical Phonetics of German language. She is currently working as a researcher on projects run from the CNRS (Paris) and the University of Tübingen (Germany).

Research interests: Social and Cultural Anthropology, Environmental Studies, Environmental History, Central Asian Studies and Post-Soviet Capitalism.

Thesis Topic: ‘Juggling risk: Lay Perceptions of Environmental and Health Risk in post-Soviet mono-industrial Temirtau