Faculty Affiliates

Makhinur Mamatova


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.






Christopher Baker




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 TorontoCurrently, 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 Lance Furr




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




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



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.






Mehrigul Ablezova




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



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.



Rahat Orozova



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


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.





 Saule Hamzina



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



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




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.





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