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Master of Arts

in Eurasian Studies

About the Program Faculty Profiles:
The first multi-disciplinary Area Studies program in Sofia An
Kazakhstan and the wider region focusing on Eurasia PhD University of Toronto, 2014
2-year funded all-English MA program Child Welfare, social policy and welfare institutions in
Taught by internationally recognized faculty drawn from post-Soviet Eurasia.
North America, Europe, Africa, and Asia John Baltes
Advised and actively supported by the partnership with the PhD Political Science, University of Virginia, 2012
University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA) Modern Political Theory; Discipline; Panopticism.
An exciting opportunity to explore the cultures, languages,
histories, communities, societies, and politics of Eurasia Alima Bissenova
Includes the five post-Soviet Central Asian states, Russia, PhD in Sociocultural Anthropology, Cornell University, 2012
Eastern Europe, Mongolia, Xinjiang, and neighboring Economic Anthropology; Development; Urban Anthropology;
regions of South Asia, China and the Middle East Anthropology of Islam.
An unrivalled concentration of scholars with Eurasian Mwita Chacha
expertise, spanning the disciplines of Anthropology, PhD in Political Science, University of Georgia, 2011
Economics, History, Literature, Oriental Studies, International political economy and cooperation.
Philosophy, Political Science, and Sociology
David Hammerbeck
Advanced academic training for pursuing careers in PhD in Theater Literature and Philosophy,
research, government, international organizations, School of Theater, Film and Television,
academia, or other fields University of California-Los Angeles, 2002
Study in Astana, at the heart of Eurasia, with unparalleled Theatre and Orientalism; South Asian Literature; Soviet and
access to archives, fieldwork sites, government agencies, Russian Theater and Arts; Hinduism and Tibetan Buddhism in
international organizations, and foreign diplomats Central Asia.
Housing on campus with modern facilities, labs, library and
sports center and a monthly stipend (only for Kazakhstani Barbara Junisbai
citizens). Ph.D. in Political Science
Awards Master of Arts in Eurasian Studies degree Indiana University, 2009
Comparative Political Regimes;
What will you gain? Political Economy of Post-Soviet Countries
Eurasian Studies graduates will gain the following academic, Meiramgul Kussainova
research and analytical skills: Candidate of Science in History,
i. A solid foundation in research methods and skills across a Abay Almaty State University, 2009
range of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. History of Kazakhs Elites under Russian Rule in the 19th
ii. Interdisciplinary knowledge and critical and comparative Century; Use of Oral Epic Poetry in the Study of 18th- and
understanding of major issues in the history, society, 19th-Century Kazakh History.
economy, culture and politics of the Eurasian region. Gwen McEvoy
iii. The ability to apply their methodological training and PhD in Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles, 2011
research findings across a wide range of scholarly and Work/Employment; Gender; Class; Qualitative Methods; East
practical settings. Central Europe.
iv. The ability to read, write and speak at least one of the
languages of the Eurasian region. Gabriel McGuire
PhD in Folklore and Ethnomusicology, Indiana University, 2013
How will you gain these skills? Central Asian Literature and Culture; Village Ethnography.
Eurasian Studies students will gain these skills through: Alexander Morrison
i. Training in research methods and scholarly enquiry PhD in History, University of Oxford, 2005
ii. Individual and group presentations Colonial Turkestan; India and the British Raj; Administrative,
iii. Fieldwork projects. Institutional and Military History of the Russian Empire.
iv. Writing Theoretical and methodological papers in different Beatrice Penati
disciplinary areas PhD in History & Civilisations, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en
v. Writing Research papers on specific topics in Eurasian Sciences Sociales/Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, 2008
studies History of Tsarist and Soviet Central Asia; Rural and Economic
vi. Proposing and developing an individual research project for History.
a Graduate Thesis.
Faculty Profiles: Sample of courses offered
Scott Savran Politics of Eurasia
PhD in History, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2011 The Politics of Eurasia course introduces the students to the
Pre-modern Middle East, History of the early Islamic caliphate, comparative analysis of political institutions, ideas and practices
the Arab conquest of Iran. in the former Soviet countries of Eurasia. We will assess the
Caress Schenk political legacies of the Soviet system, address the challenges of
PhD in Political Science, Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, 2010 political reforms, and analyze the origins, functioning and
National Identity and Multiethnic States; Political Economy of impact of formal and informal political institutions. We will learn
Migration; Political Corruption. Post-Soviet region. how to construct a comparative framework and build
arguments for explaining the different political processes and
John Schoeberlein outcomes post-Soviet countries have experienced.
PhD in Social Anthropology, Harvard University, 1994
Anthropology of Religion and Secularism; Political Anthropology;
Islam; Identity; Cultural Revival; Soviet Legacy; Changing Post-Socialist Capitalism and Development
Cultural Orientations in Eurasia; New Social Groups; Conflict. The main objective of this course is to examine ideological
underpinnings and social implications of post-socialist
Charles Sullivan
economic transformations in the Post-Soviet Space,
PhD in Political Science, George Washington University, 2014
East-Central Europe and China. We will approach complex
Russian politics; Russian political culture.
economic issues such as development policies, investment
Victoria Thorstensson strategies, economic boom and bust cycles from an
PhD in Slavic Languages and Literature, anthropological perspective by analyzing the norms and values
University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2013 that drive both institutional policies and peoples market
Russian and Soviet intellectual and cultural history. behavior. More specific topics will include:
Alexei Trochev liberalization/globalization, neo-liberal reforms, foreign
PhD in Political Science, University of Toronto, 2005 investment, state-capital interaction, formal/informal sectors of
Comparative Politics; Law and Society; Judicial Politics; economy, urban development, construction boom, capital
International Law; Human Rights. accumulation and dispossession.
Siegfried Van Duffel
PhD in Law, Ghent University, 2003 Social Problems and Issues in Eurasia
Political Theory; Ethics; Human Rights; Cultural Differences. This course will examine sociological theories of regional social
problems. The first half of the course is devoted to
Christopher Whitsel
understanding theories of global inequality in their many
PhD in Sociology, Indiana University, 2009
dimensions and how they are applied. In the second half of the
Stratification; Sociology of Education; Post-Soviet Transition;
course we will investigate different issues, such as Population
Central Asia.
growth, Migration, Environmental problems, and Education in
Matthew Wilhite Eurasia.
PhD in Religious Studies, University of Iowa, 2013
East Asian Religions; Religion and Violence.
Buddhism in Central Asia
Spencer Willardson This course will explore the diffusion and evolution of Buddhism
PhD in Political Science, University of Iowa, 2013 within Central Asia and along the Silk Road. We will study the
Security Issues and Foreign Policy decision making in relationship between Buddhism and politics within the Kushan
post-Soviet Eurasia. and Sogdian empires as well as the kingdoms of Kucha and
Mahire Yakup Khotan. Additionally, the relationship between Buddhism and
PhD in Linguistics, University of Kansas, 2013. commerce as well as the evolution of Buddhist art and
Uighur language, linguistics and culture. iconography will be explored. Particular attention will be paid to
the Sarvastivada, Dharmaguptaka, and Mulasarvastivada sects of
Sample of courses offered Admission

Utopia in Russian and Soviet Literature International and Kazakhstani graduates of a recognised
Examining contemporary novels and poems alongside undergraduate program with a minimum CGPA of 3.45 of 5.0
modern-day historical scholarship, this course traces the history or 2.75 of 4.0 or above are welcome to apply. Applicants must
of utopia in Russian and Soviet literature between the revolution have achieved a minimum IELTS score of not less than 7.0, with
of 1905 and the collapse of the USSR in 1991. It examines how no sub-score lower than 6.0, or a minimum TOEFL
Russian and Soviet writers constructed visions of ideal societies paper-based test score 600 or a minimum TOEFL
and thereby seeks to understand the changing roots, nature, and internet-based test score 100 (with a minimum 21 in each)
limits of revolutionary dreams in Tsarist Russia and the USSR. (or evidence of native competence), for admission.
We will further reflect on the role that literature played in * Applicants with IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL 79-93 may be admitted
questioning narratives of progress, exploring dystopian conditionally.
science-fiction visions of the future along with satirical
portrayals of the Soviet present and idealised accounts of the Applicants must submit:
pre-industrial past. application form available online at
The Russian Empire in Asia personal essay
and its neighbours, 1552 1919 three confidential letters of recommendation
This course is a detailed study of the international relations and
notarized copy of Bachelors or other degree diplomas with
diplomacy of the Russian empire in Asia from the early modern
period to the October Revolution and Civil War. We will reflect on
notarized copy of passport or identity card
Russias place in Asia, and the various competing ideologies that
valid GRE test report (if available)
have been used to justify it, from Christianity and the
language proficiency test reports (IELTS or TOEFL) valid as of
conventional European civilizing mission to mystical ideas of
the commencement of the Eurasian Studies program (for
Russias spiritual affinity with The East. Beginning with the
non-native English speakers)
campaigns to conquer Kazan, Astrakhan and Siberia that first
turned Muscovy into a multi-confessional empire, the course will
Shortlisted applicants may be invited for an interview with the
cover Russian expansion in Asia up until the revolutionary crisis
Admissions Committee, which will consist of members of the
of 1916 1919. The aim is to understand the possibilities and
faculty and faculty from the University of Wisconsin-Madison
limits of Russia claim to Great Power status in Asia, and the
(USA). The Admissions Committee will evaluate applications on
political, ideological and cultural effects on both metropole and
the basis of the information submitted in English. Incomplete or
colony of this series of conquests and annexations.
late applications will not be considered by the Admissions
Committee. The Admissions Committee reserves the right to
Cotton, Irrigation, and Power request a completed application package in hard copy.
This class will explore the history of production and consumption Submission of a completed application package by the applicant
of cotton and cotton textiles in the Russian empire and Central does not guarantee admissions to the Eurasian Studies program.
Asia itself from the 18th century to the Soviets. We will gauge the
importance of cotton culture and exports from Central Asia into
Russia on the eve of the conquest. Then, we will discuss the
Turkestani cotton boom and the conflicting agency of colonial
authorities, imperial ministers, local merchants, Russian
industrialists and banks, and small-holding Turkestani farmers.
The developments in Russian colonial knowledge about the
native irrigation networks of Turkestan will be studied parallel
to the efforts to expand land for resettlement and cotton, with or
without the involvement of private investors, in Turkestan and in
the protectorates. Comparisons will be drawn with analogous
developments in Russian Transcaucasia. The final part of the
class will be consecrated to a discussion of the differences and
similarities between Tsarist and Soviet policies in these fields.
School of Humanities and Social Sciences,
Nazarbayev University
53 Kabanbai batyr ave,
Astana, 010000, Republic of Kazakhstan
Tel.: +7 7172 706638