Members and Staff

148_atkin-muriel-148x150Muriel Atkin, [email protected]





Henry-E.-Hale-150x150Henry E. Hale, [email protected]





Benjamin Hopkins, [email protected]





Sebastien-PeyrouseSebastien Peyrouse, [email protected]





Sean-RobertsSean Roberts, [email protected]





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Sergey Abashin, [email protected]

LauraAdams2009-150x150Laura Adams, [email protected]

jos-boonstraJos Boonstra, [email protected]

Remi Castets drRemi Castets, [email protected]

Alexander Cooley

Alexander Cooley, [email protected]

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Alexander Diener

Alexander Diener, [email protected]

Emilbek Dzhuraev

Emilbek Dzhuraev, [email protected]

Shairbek-JuraevShairbek Juraev, [email protected]

Artemy-M.-KalinovskyArtemy M. Kalinovsky, [email protected]

Nargis Kassenova, [email protected]

Andrei Kazantsev

Andrei Kazantsev, [email protected]

Simbal-KhanSimbal Khan, [email protected]

Aitolkyn Kourmanova

Aitolkyn Kourmanova, [email protected]

sobirSobir Kurbanov,

Sanat Kushkumbayev

Sanat Kushkumbayev, [email protected]

Alisher-LatypovAlisher Latypov, [email protected]

Marat Laumulin

Marat Laumulin, [email protected]

Erica-MaratErica Marat, [email protected]


Eric McGlinchey

Eric McGlinchey, [email protected]

Neil Melvin

Neil Melvin, [email protected]

Jargalsaikhan Mendee

Jargalsaikhan Mendee, [email protected]

DSCN5657-2-150x150David W. Montgomery, [email protected]

Michael RoulandMichael Rouland, [email protected]

Konstantin Syroezhkin

Konstantin Syroezhkin, [email protected]

Cory Welt

Garrett Wolf,  [email protected]

Guli-Yuldasheva-e1416117682562-150x150Guli Yuldasheva, [email protected]

Liliya Karimova, Ph.D. – Program Coordinator for the Central Asian Program. Liliya has diverse professional experience, having worked in academia, government, and government contracting. Her interest in Central Asia stems from her own ethnographic research on Islam in central Russia. Liliya has explored the subject in multiple scholarly journals, including the Central Asian Affairs. Apart from coordinating the program and collaborating closely with visiting fellows, she is currently working on a book manuscript on women, Islam, and transformation in Tatarstan, Russia. Liliya holds a Ph.D. from UMASS-Amherst, and her work can be found at

Aitolkyn Kourmanova

Aitolkyn Kourmanova – Editor-in Chief of Central Asian Analytical Network (CAAN), Editor of Voices on Central Asia. She is an expert on economic policy in Central Asia, and authored several studies on regional economic cooperation, trade, commodity and financial markets. She also has an extensive media management experience. She has a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Al-Farabi Kazakh National University and Executive MBA from HEC Paris. At Central Asia Program, she manages online content, media, and communications.

Marya Rozanova-Smith, Ph.D. – Research Assistant at the Central Asia Program. She is specializing in the fields of (1) migration policy and migrant integration, and (2) Russian policy, and the Arctic region. Dr. Rozanova-Smith holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy, St. Petersburg State University, a Master of Law degree (LL.M.), North-West Academy of Public Administration (Russia), and a Philosophy degree (M.A.), St. Petersburg State University. She authored and co-authored over 40 research publications available at:

Aurélie Biard, Ph.D. – Postdoctoral Fellow at the Central Asia Program. Aurélie studies the transformation of the state and the reconfiguration of political legitimacies with the emergence of alternative Islamic ethical systems that reject globalization because of its perceived roots in the West (the United States and Europe). The analysis focuses on the Muslim regions of the post-Soviet realm (Central Asia and Russia). Aurélie is in charge, as part of the CERIA (Central Eurasia-Religion in International Affairs Initiative at George Washington, funded by the Henry Luce Foundation) of the research axis “‘Bourgeois’ Islam, Prosperity Theology and Ethics in Muslim Eurasia.” Aurélie teaches a class on “Islam and Ethnicity in Central Asia” at the Elliott School of International Affairs. Aurélie holds a Ph.D. from Sciences-Po Paris, and her work can be found atélieBiard