CAFDP Individual Funding Scheme 2010, Kyrgyz Republic
- Graduated, PhD in Sociology, University of Manchester, UK. 2016. Doctoral Research: “Reconstituting Transnational Families: An Ethnography of Family Practices between Kyrgyzstan and Russia”
- 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 beginning her PhD, Medina was Chair of the sociology Department at the American University of Central Asia for seven years. She was awarded a research studentship from the Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change (CRESC) at the University of Manchester. Her research interests include gender based issues, bride kidnapping, youth and technology and methodological problems of doing research. Her doctoral research examined 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 emphasises epistemological difficulties of researching the region.