Aziz Burkhanov


Aziz Burkhanov

Position: Assistant Professor
Education Background: Ph.D., Central Eurasian Studies, Indiana University (USA)

Research Areas

Nationalism and Identity Theories, Identity Politics

Contact information

Aziz Burkhanov
Assistant Professor
Graduate School of Public Policy
Room 4.024
Nazarbayev University
53 Kabanbay batyr Avenue
Astana, Kazakhstan 010000

Aziz Burkhanov
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Central Eurasian Studies, Indiana University (USA)
Aziz Burkhanov has joined the Graduate School of Public Policy as an Assistant Professor in 2014. Dr. Burkhanov received his doctoral degree from Indiana University in October 2013. His research interests include nationalism and identity theories, national identity politics, policies and practices with a special focus on identity issues and their perceptions in the public narratives in former Soviet area. Prior to joining the GSPP, Dr. Burkhanov taught graduate and undergraduate level classes including ‘Central Asian Politics’ and ‘Religions and Revolutions’ at Indiana University. Dr. Burkhanov has also worked in practical field of policy analysis and consulting as a Research Fellow at the IWEP, a think-tank advising the Kazakhstan’s Government on policies, and as a Senior Associate at IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates (CERA).


Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles:

  1. Burkhanov Aziz, and Yu-Wen Chen, “Kazakh Perspective on China, the Chinese, and Chinese Migration,” Ethnic and Racial Studies, 2016,
  2. Burkhanov, Aziz, “Kazakhstan’s National Identity-Building Policy: Soviet Legacy, State Efforts and Societal Reactions”, Cornell International Law Journal (forthcoming)

Non-Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles:

  1. Burkhanov, Aziz. “EU Strategy in Central Asia: Successes and Failures”, Central Asia and the Caucasus, No. 3, Vol. 45 (June 2007).

Book Chapters:

  1. Burkhanov, Aziz and Dina Sharipova, “Kazakhstan’s Civic-National Identity: Ambiguous Policies and Points of Resistance”, In: Nationalisms and Identity Construction in Central Asia: Dimensions, Dynamics and Directions, Mariya Omelicheva (ed.), Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2015.
  2. Eduardo Araral, Riccardo Pelizzo, Aziz Burkhanov, Yu-Wen Chen, Saltanat Janenova and Neil Collins, “Varieties of Governmental Capacity and Autonomy: An Exploration of Fukuyama’s Hypothesis”, In: Varieties of Governance: Studies in the Political Economy of Public Policy Series, Giliberto Capano, Michael Howlett, and M Ramesh (eds.), Palgrave-Macmillan, 2015.