Medina AITIEVA

CAFDP Individual Funding Scheme 2010, Kyrgyz Republic

Education

  • Candidate, PhD in Sociology, University of Manchester, UK. Doctoral Research: “Transnational Family: Ethnography of Livelihood”
  • MA in Sociology, Ball State University, Indiana, USA. Dissertation: “Gender and Ethnic Differences in Migration of Young Adults in Contemporary Kyrgyzstan”
  • BA (magna cum laude) in Sociology, American University of Central Asia, Kyrgyz Republic. Honors Thesis: “How Ya Gonna Keep ‘em Down on the Farm After They Have Seen the States? Transition in Values Among Young Kyrgyzstani Female Exchange Students”

Before starting her PhD, Medina taught sociology at AUCA for seven years, where she also chaired the Department. She was awarded a research studentship from the Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change (CRESC) at the University of Manchester. Her research interests have been in gender issues, bride kidnapping, youth and technology, and methodological problems of doing research. Her doctoral research will look at the transformative processes affecting family structure, roles and responsibilities, shifting values around young people’s courtship, marriage, childcare, healthcare and security due to extensive outmigration from Kyrgyzstan. The dissertation will emphasize on epistemological difficulties of researching the region.

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