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Academics

Ajar Chekirova

Assistant Professor of Politics

Specialization

Comparative Urban Politics
Migration and Citizenship
Informal Institutions
Politics of post-Soviet States

Education

PhD Political Science, University of Illinois-Chicago
MA Politics Science, University of Illinois-Chicago
MA International Studies, Ohio University
LLB, Law, Peking University

Courses Taught

Introduction to Global Politics
Global Cities
Introduction to Global Politics

Publications

“New voting machines, old voting behavior: analysis of parliamentary elections in 2015 in Kyrgyzstan” in Politics of Conflict and Cooperation in Eurasia. Ed. Vol. London, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2018

“Citizens undocumented: the problems of migration and urban registration in Kyrgyzstan” in Migration in Central Asia, Ed. Vol. George Washington University, 2018. Available online: http://centralasiaprogram.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/migration_final_print.pdf

Conferences and Presentations

“Claiming Rights to Post-Soviet City: Institutional Barriers and Informal Methods at Street-Level Bureaucracies”. Proposal submitted for Urban Affairs Association Annual Conference, Los Angeles, CA, April 2019

“Migration, Registration and Citizenship in a Post-Soviet City”. Proposal submitted for Midwest

Political Science Association Annual Conference, Chicago, IL, April 2019

“Registration, Property, and Citizenship in a Post-Soviet City.” Proposal accepted for Southern Political Science Association Annual Conference, Austin, TX, January 2019

“Challenges of Internal Migration in Kyrgyzstan.” Paper presented at Nazarbaev University, Astana, Kazakhstan, September 2017.

The Effect of Local Permanent Registration or “Propiska” System on Social Cleavages in Post-Soviet Kyrgyzstan.” Midwest Political Science Association Annual Conference, Chicago, IL, April 2017.

“Local Permanent Registration and Political Participation in Post-Soviet Kyrgyzstan.” Urban Affairs Association Annual Conference, Minneapolis, MN, April 2017.

“Transforming citizenship: challenging urban local registration based citizenship in cities of China, Kyrgyzstan, and Turkey.” Paper presented at Central European University, Budapest, Hungary, July 2016.

“New voting machines, old voting behavior: obstacles to free and fair elections in Kyrgyzstan.” International Conference on Eurasian Politics and Society, Kadir Has University, Istanbul, Turkey, June 2016

“Collective impact of nonprofit organizations in conflict reconciliation in Kyrgyzstan.” Midwest Slavic Conference, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, March 2012.

“Understanding Ethnic Violence and Prospects for Reconciliation in Southern Kyrgyzstan.” Southeastern Conference Association of Asian Studies, Furman University, Greenville, SC, January 2012.

Fellowships and Grants

George Washington University NAC-NU Central Asia Studies Fellowship 2018 

University of Illinois in Chicago Dean’s Scholar Research Fellowship 2016-2017 

University of Illinois in Chicago Ragsdale Research Fellowship 2015-2016 

University of Illinois in Chicago Provost Grant for Graduate Research 2015 

Chicago Consular Corps Scholarship 2014 

Open Society Foundation Global Supplementary Scholarship 2013, 2014 

PEO International Peace Scholarship 2013, 2014 

Fulbright Fellowship 2010-2012 

Memberships and Associations

American Political Science Association
Midwest Political Science Association
Urban Affairs Association
Association for Slavic, East European, and East Eurasian Studies 
V-Dem Regional Center in Central Asia