Aliya Kuzhabekova, Assistant Professor

Aliya Kuzhabekova, Assistant Professor

Aliya Kuzhabekova is an Assistant Professor in the GSE. Aliya obtained her Ph.D. in Higher Education Policy and Administration from the University of Minnesota, USA. After completing her Ph.D. she worked as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Center for Science, Technology, and Public Policy at the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. At the CSTPP she conducted research on governance of emerging technologies (biotechnology, synthetic biology, nanotechnology). Aliya’s research is focused on higher education policy. Her primary research areas are science and technology policy and higher education research capacity building. In addition to that, Aliya holds a Master’s degree in Applied Linguistics and continues to make occasional contributions in to the field of language policy.


EDUC 600 Research Methods

EDUC 602 Educational Context and Reform in Kazakhstan

EDUC 621 Organization and Governance in Higher Education

EDUC 701 Advanced Methods of Educational Research

EDUC 712 Educational Policy and Reform

EDUC 651 Thesis Seminar (Higher Education)

EDUC 603 Tutorial

Selected publications

Research capacity and faculty as researchers in post-Soviet contexts: 

Seed grant from the Nazarbayev University

  • Kuzhabekova, A. (in press). Impact-factor requirements in Kazakhstan: The reaction of scholarly journals and implications for local research capacity building, In Curry, M. and Lillis, Th. Global academic publishing: Policies, practices, and pedagogies, Part of the series Studies in Knowledge Production and Participation, Multilingual Matters, Clevedon, UK.

  • Kuzhabekova, A. (in press). The Development of University Research in Kazakhstan during 1991-2013: a Bibliometric View. In Silova, I. and Niyozov, S. (Eds.) Globalization on the Margins: Education and Post-socialist Transformations in Central Asia (2nd ed.).

  • Kuzhabekova, A. (2015).What determines the divide between soft and hard sciences in Soviet and post-Soviet Kazakhstan, Higher Education in Russia and Beyond, 3(5), pp.9-11.

  • Kuzhabekova, A. (2015). Introduction of impact-factor publication requirement for faculty promotion: Experiences of Kazakhstani faculty, Higher Education in Russia and Beyond, 1(7), pp.9-11.

  • Anderson, Melissa S., Chiteng Kot, Felly, Jie, Yiyun, Kamata, Takehito, Kuzhabekova, Aliya, Lepkowski, Christine C., Shaw, Marta A., Sorenson, Martha M., and Vasconcelos, Sonia M. R.  (2010). Differences in national approaches to doctoral education:  Implications for international research collaborations.  In Anderson, Melissa S., and Steneck, Nicholas H. (Eds.), International Research Collaborations:  Much to be Gained, Many Ways to Get in Trouble, New York:  Routledge.

  • Kuzhabekova, A., Mukhamejanova, D. (under review). Productive researchers in countries with limited research capacity: researchers as agents in post-Soviet Kazakhstan, Journal of Researcher Development.

International faculty in non-Western contexts:

Grant from the Ministry of Education and Science, Kazakhstan

  • Ruby, A., Kuzhabekova, A., Lee, J. (in press). Recruitment of International Faculty: The case of Nazarbayev University. In Altbach, Ph. Integrating International Faculty into the Local Academic Context.
  • Lee, J., Kuzhabekova, A., Cohen-Miller, A. (in preparation). Relocation and adaptation experiences of female international faculty in Kazakhstan. Special issue on faculty in Eurasia, Editor – Aliya Kuzhabekova, European Education.
  • Kuzhabekova, A., Lee, J. (under review). International faculty contribution to local research capacity building: A view from publication data. Research in Higher Education.

Female faculty in higher education:

Grant from the Norwegian Institute for International Affairs

  • Kuzhabekova, A., Almukhambetova, A. (accepted with revisions). Female academic leadership in post-Soviet context: Finding work-life balance while negotiating multiple sets of gender role expectations, Special issue of European Education Research Journal.
  • Kuzhabekova, A., Janenova, S., Almukhambetova, A. (accepted with minor revisions). Analyzing the experiences of female leaders in civil service in Kazakhstan: trapped between economic pressure to earn and traditional family role expectations, International Journal of Public Administration.


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