Anton Markoc earned his PhD in Philosophy from Central European University (CEU), an MA in Philosophy from CEU, and a BA and Spec Sci degrees in Political Science from the University of Montenegro. He did postgraduate work as a Fellow in Philosophy at Harvard University and as a Research Fellow at the University of Rijeka. At AUCA, he teaches FYS, SYS, and Academic Research. His most recent publications in moral and political philosophy appeared in the journals Philosophical Studies, Res Publica, Journal of Social Philosophy, and Journal of Value Inquiry. He teaches Academic Research in the MAT program.
Makhinur Mamatova earned her Phd in Psychology from St. Petersburg State University, Russia, in the Department of Medical Psychology. She completed her post-graduate study at the Kyrgyz-Russian Slavic University, Bishkek. She is a graduate of St. Petersburg State University, Department of Medical Psychology, Russia, majoring in Psychology. She currently works at AUCA, Psychology Department. She teaches Academic Research in the MAT program.
Cholpon Chotaeva is an Associate Professor of Cultural Studies from the National Attestation Commission and holds a Doctor of History from the Institute of History at the National Academy of Sciences. She is a Professor at the American University of Central Asia in the Anthropology department and in the MAT program. She currently works at AUCA as a Coordinator (Chair) of the Department of Anthropology. Previously, she worked at the UNDP. She has many publications on articles regarding multiculturalism, language, tolerance and history.
Christopher Baker holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Central Eurasian studies from Indiana University, Bloomington. He dis his major field in Soviet Central Asia, focusing on late Soviet era literary art, with minor fields in Russian history and the history of ancient and medieval Central Asia. Dr. Baker also holds an MA in European History from the University of Toronto. Currently, he works at AUCA as the Director of the Master of Arts in Central Asian Studies (MACAS) and as an assistant professor in the General Education department. He teaches Teaching Seminar in Literature: Encounters at the Edges of Empire in the MAT program.
Derek Furr earned his Ph.D, M.A. and M.Ed from the University of Virginia, and his B.A. from Wake Forest University. Currently, he works at Bard College (New York, USA) as the Dean of Teacher Education and as an Associate Professor of Literature (http://www.bard.edu/faculty/details/?id=1307). He teaches Theories of Literature in the MAT program at AUCA.
Elizabeth Davis holds a Master’s degree in an Endorsement for Teaching Reading and Writing, All Grades, from Asbury College. A secondary English teacher since 2004, Elizabeth has taught at public school in the United States as well as at two schools internationally–one in Guatemala and one in Kyrgyzstan. She has also served various roles in K-12 administration for the last seven years. In the MAT program, she teaches practical teaching courses such as Creating a Classroom Culture and Teaching Practicum, and she is working to develop teacher mentoring materials with the IOE.
Galina Gorborukova has a Master’s degree in Sociology from the American University of Central Asia. Currently, she works as a Coordinator of the Social Sciences Division and as an Associate Professor in Sociology. She teaches Introduction to Academic Research in the MAT program at the American University of Central Asia.
Maryna Batsman is a PhD candidate in History at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. She holds two MAs in History from Central European University and European University Institute. At AUCA, she is an Assistant Professor in the Division of General Education. She teaches FYS courses in Soviet history and culture. Her areas of specialization are the political and cultural history of interwar USSR, literature and fine arts from the USSR, and modern history of Eastern European Jews.
Mehrigul Ablezova holds her Master of Arts from Ball State University, Muncie, IN, USA, and her Bachelor of Arts from AUCA, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Currently, she works as an Assistant Professor in the Sociology Program of the Social Sciences Division. She is a co-founder of the PIL Research Company. She teaches Introduction to Academic Research in the MAT program at AUCA.
James Plumtree earned his PhD in Medieval Studies from the CEU and University of St. Andrews as a visiting student. He holds an MA in Medieval Studies from the CEU, and is a graduate of Oriel College, University of Oxford, with a BA in English Language and Literature.Currently, he works at AUCA as an Assistant Professor in the GenEd Program teaching FYS. He teaches Epic – Theory, Practice, History in the MAT program at AUCA.
Meghan McCormick earned a Juris Doctorate from Yale Law School and the New York State Bar. She graduated with her Bachelor’s degree from Harvard University, Cambridge, MA (USA), where she majored in social studies. Currently, she works at AUCA as the Executive Director for the Center on Civic Engagement at AUCA. She teaches Law, Society and Civic Engagement in the MAT program at AUCA.
Nina Bagdasarova earned her PhD in Psychology from the Institute of Personality Development, Russian Academy of Pedagogical Sciences, Moscow. Her post-graduate study was with the Kyrgyz Institute of Education. She majored in Psychology, Pedagogical Psychology at Moscow State Pedagogical University. Currently, she works at AUCA in the Psychology Department. She teaches Language, Identity and Multicultural Education in the MAT program at AUCA.
Rahat Orozova holds a Master’s degree in Social Work and Social Management from the University of Manchester jointly with the School of Social and Economic Sciences (Russia). She is a graduate of the Kyrgyz State National University, majoring in the Teaching of History and Social Sciences from the Faculty of History. Currently, she works as an expert on inclusive education in the Soros – Kyrgyzstan Foundation and UNICEF. Her areas of interests and specialization inclue Basic Education, Basic reading skills, and training modules on Phonics and Comprehension. She teaches Inclusive Education in the MAT program at AUCA.
Rana Al Shurkhi earned a PhD and Master’s in Applied Linguistics from the University of Barcelona, Spain. She holds a Bachelor’s degree majoring in English Language and Literature with a minor in Education from Palestine, Al-Quds University. Currently, she works as an Assistant Professor and faculty member in the MAT Program at the Al-Quds Bard College. She teaches Teaching Lab 2 in the MAT program at AUCA.
Rebecca Granato earned a Ph.D. from the Tri-University Program, Waterloo, Canada. She holds an M.A. from the Graduate Center City University of New York and a B.A. in History from Bard College. She has studied at the Oxford University, Exeter College, for her thesis. Currently, she works as an AVP in Bard College. She teaches Teaching Lab for Social Studies and Literature in the MAT program at AUCA.
Suale Hamzina holds a Master’s degreee in Education Policy and Management from the Center of Educational Policy Study of Moscow High, School of Economic and Social Sciences. She studied her postgraduate education in psychology at the Bishkek Humanitarian University. She is a graduate of the Kazakh National State University from the Department of Psychology, specializing as a psychologist and teacher of psychology. She teaches Assessment of Learning in the MAT program at AUCA.
Tamo Chattopadhay earned his Doctor of Education (Ed. D) in International Educational Development from the Teachers College, Columbia University, in New York. He holds his Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Finance and International Business from Bernard M. Baruch College, City University of New York. He is a graduate of Integrated Bachelors and Masters in Theoretical Physics from the People’s Friendship University of Russia, Moscow. Currently, he works as an Associate Professor and as the Director of the Institute of Education at AUCA. He teaches Teaching and Learning in the 21st century, Classroom Research, Using Technology for Research and Teaching in the MAT program at AUCA.
Timand Bates is a strong education professional with a Master of Arts (M.A.) focused on the Teaching of English from Teachers College, Columbia University. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Languages and Literature from Bard College. Currently, he works as an Assistant Dean Of Students offering social and academic support for students. He specializes in K-12 public schools, classroom management, lesson planning, educational technology, differentiated instruction, and curriculum development (http://www.bard.edu/dosa/). He teaches Curricular Planning in the MAT program at AUCA.