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Zhanara Nauruzbayeva
Visiting Assistant Professor of International Studies
Phone: (860) 297-2026 Office Location: McCook 320
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Trinity College faculty member since 2013 View office hours for Spring 2014
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Ph.D., Stanford Univ. (2011)
M.A., Stanford Univ. (2006)
B.A., Bryn Mawr College (2002)

Zhanara Nauruzbayeva is a sociocultural anthropologist who received her Ph.D. from Stanford University (2011) and her B.A. from Bryn Mawr College (2002). Her research focuses on the discourses of the collective good that have emerged after the collapse of the Soviet Union in Kazakhstan. The most successful market economy in Central Asia, Kazakhstan has combined privatization of the former public structures, including cultural production, healthcare, and environmental protection, with collectivist values and principles. Nauruzbayeva’s current book project, entitled For the Common Good: Art, Commodification, and Publics in Post-Soviet Kazakhstan, explores this phenomenon in the sphere of visual arts. Drawing on ethnographic field research with art practitioners in Almaty, the book illuminates the ways in which the emerging socioeconomic, ethical, and aesthetic regime is an interplay of socialist and capitalist market elements. As a teacher, Nauruzbayeva aims to facilitate an analytical space for her students to critically develop their ideas and queries through a combination of readings, assignments, discussions, and questions.