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Dr. Edward Lemon, President

edwardlemon@oxussociety.org

Edward Lemon is President of the Oxus Society for Central Asian Affairs and Research Assistant Professor at The Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University, Washington D.C. Campus. He was previously Assistant Professor of Eurasian Affairs at the Daniel Morgan Graduate School, a Global Fellow at the Wilson Center and a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Political Science at Columbia University. He earned a Ph.D. in Politics and International Relations at the University of Exeter in 2016. Dr. Lemon’s research focuses on authoritarianism and security issues in Central Asia. He has spent over three years conducting fieldwork in Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Russia. He is editor of the book Critical Approaches to Security in Central Asia (Routledge, 2018). His research has been published in Democratization, Central Asian Affairs, Caucasus Survey, Journal of Democracy, Central Asian Survey, the Review of Middle Eastern Studies and The RUSI Journal.

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Eve Rachel Lemon, Vice President and Director of Outreach

everachellemon@oxussociety.org

Eve Rachel Lemon is Vice President of the Oxus Society for Central Asian Affairs. Mrs Lemon has spent over a decade working in the education sector. In 2009, she moved to the United Kingdom where she gained an MLitt in Modern History at the University of St Andrews and an MA in English Literature at the University of Exeter. She taught at a number of schools before transitioning into private tutoring, working in the UK, USA and Russia. Mrs Lemon has been a member of the New York Junior League, St George’s Society of New York, and is active in private membership clubs in Washington, DC.

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Bradley Jardine, Research Consultant

Bradley Jardine is a Schwarzman Fellow at the Wilson Center’s Kissinger Institute on China and the United States. He is a former journalist in the post-Soviet space, having worked as an editor of The Moscow Times in Russia and as Caucasus correspondent for Eurasianet, where he documented Armenia’s Velvet Revolution. He holds a double MA in Russian and Eurasian Studies and Baltic Sea Region Studies from the University of Glasgow, as well as an MMS in Global Affairs from Tsinghua University, Beijing. Jardine’s research focuses on the proliferation of surveillance technology in Central Asia and China’s growing security presence in the countries of the former Soviet Union. He is the author of the upcoming Kennan Institute monograph Great Wall of Steel: China’s Strategy to Secure Central and South Asia. His work has appeared in Washington Post, the Guardian, Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy, World Politics Review, and the Nikkei Asian Review, among others.

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Sher Khashimov, Research Consultant

Sher Khashimov is a Research Consultant at the Oxus Society for Central Asian Affairs. He holds a master’s in public affairs from Indiana University and a BA in Linguistics from Russian-Tajik Slavonic University in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. Before moving to the U.S., Sher implemented U.S. Government-funded development programs on the ground in Tajikistan for six years, as well as monitored and reported on political and socio-economic developments in the country.

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Noah Tucker, Research Consultant

Noah Tucker is a Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council and a Research Associate at the GWU Central Asia Program. He works primarily on social conflict and conflict prevention, from violent extremism and (Islamist and far-right groups) to ethnic and regional conflict. He also focuses on religious groups, religious freedom, and the interactions between social mobilization (often online) and politics.

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Ben Dalton, Communications Consultant

bendalton@oxussociety.org

Ben Dalton is a Communications Consultant at the Oxus Society for Central Asian Affairs. He was previously digital communications director for the international education non-profit World Learning and a communications officer for the International Crisis Group, a conflict prevention organization. His work has appeared in BuzzFeed News, the New York Times, PBS NewsHour, Al Jazeera, the Diplomat, Hmm Daily, CNN.com, the Christian Science Monitor, Bedford + Bowery, and the New York Transatlantic, among other publications. As a freelance contractor, he has worked with the Sanders 2020 presidential campaign, Central European University, Stony Brook University, and the Center for Civilians in Conflict. He holds a double MA in journalism and Russian & Slavic Studies from New York University, as well as a BA in International Relations from Brown University.

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Zhibek Aisarina, Research Assistant

Zhibek Aisarina is a Research Assistant at the Oxus Society for Central Asian Affairs. She graduated from Nazarbayev University with a major in Political Science and International Relations and a minor in World Languages, Literature, and Culture. She is currently an MA student in Eurasian Studies at Nazarbayev University. She has worked as a research assistant on a project on polygyny at Nazarbayev University led by Dr. Helene Thibault. Her primary research interests are law and society in the Kazakh steppe, as well as the role of small states in international organizations.

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Huma Ramazan Ali, Research Assistant

Huma Ramazan Ali is a double-concentrator in Middle East and South Asian studies at Brown University. She is currently conducting research on the Hazara community, exploring the relationship between identity, displacement and networks. Over the past few summers, Huma has had the opportunity to intern at non-profit organizations in Tajikistan and Afghanistan. She also participated in Mughal Persian language training in Lucknow, India and led an internship placement program with AKDN institutions. Huma spent her junior-year at Pembroke College, Cambridge University to pursue Hindi and Persian. Her research interests include nationalism, identity and religion in Central Asia and Afghanistan.

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Samuel Elzinga, Research Assistant & Web Manager

Samuel Elzinga is a Research Assistant and Web Manager at the Oxus Society for Central Asian Affairs. He is a recent graduate of Utah Valley University, where he majored in Political Science, Russian Studies, and National Security Studies. He has worked at the national and international governmental levels to help policymakers better understand youth involvement in politics and security, especially as it relates to Central Asia’s mountainous republics. He is interested in modern security management in Central Asia and Afghanistan and finding computational solutions to complex regional issues in Eurasia. He is proficient in Russian and Kyrgyz.

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Natalie Hall, Research Assistant

Natalie Hall is an MA student at the Harriman Institute at Columbia University, pursuing a degree in Russian, Eurasian, and Eastern European Studies.Previously, she worked at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and Eurasia Foundation. She lived in Kazakhstan for six months, and has traveled throughout Eurasia. She holds a BA in International Affairs with a concentration in Security Policy from The George Washington University. Her research interests include Chinese engagement with Central Asia, national identity, and the politics of historical memory.

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Elvira Kalmurzaeva, Research and Development Assistant

Elvira Kalmurzaeva is an MA student of International Affairs at the Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University. She is interested in international development, nonprofit management, and China. She also holds a master’s in Political Science and Security from the OSCE Academy and BA in International Relations from Kyrgyzstan-Turkey Manas University. Elvira previously worked in international, regional, and local organizations, leading various development programs. For the last four years, she has run a youth-led-for-youth regional nonprofit organization, IDEA Central Asia. 

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Aruuke Uran Kyzy, Research Assistant

Aruuke Uran Kyzy is a Research Assistant at the Oxus Society for Central Asian Affairs. She is also a contributing analyst for The Diplomat, TRT World, Anadolu Agency and Politics Today. She is currently a graduate student at the Higher School of Economics in St. Petersburg, Russia. Her area of focus is the securitization of Muslims in Russia, authoritarian governance in Central Asia, migration and politics in Kyrgyzstan.

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Jonathan Meyer, Research Assistant

Jonathan Meyer is an MA student at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), where he studies conflict management. He previously worked in the Kyrgyz Republic for two years with the Peace Corps, living in Jalal-Abad Oblast. His research interests include ethnic and border disputes, nationalism, and conflict resolution.

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Kymbat Nuranova, Research Assistant

Kymbat Nuranova is a Research Assistant at the Oxus Society for Central Asian Affairs. She currently works at the Suleiman Demirel University in Kazakhstan. She is a Bolashak scholarship recipient and a recent graduate of the Pennsylvania State University with a Master of International Affairs. She has worked as a research assistant for the Daniel Morgan Graduate School in Washington DC where she worked on several projects related to Central Asian Affairs including a USAID project on migration, and interned at the U.S.-Kazakh Embassy and Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kazakhstan. She is interested in statistics, data visualization, econometrics, and Central Asian affairs.

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Ryan Schweitzer, Research Assistant

Ryan Schweitzer is a graduate of Columbia University and a former Fulbright research student in Uzbekistan. His research interests include security, identity formation, and nationalism in Central Asia.

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Natalie Simpson, Research Assistant

Natalie Simpson is a Research Assistant at the Oxus Society for Central Asian Affairs. She is an undergraduate student at Yale University studying history and international relations, and she previously worked as an intern for the Foreign Policy Research Institute’s Eurasia Program. Her research interests include security, disinformation, and social movements in Eurasia.

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Emma Wilbur, Research Assistant

Emma Wilbur is a Research Assistant at the Oxus Society and an MA student at Columbia University’s Harriman Institute for Russian, Eurasian, and Eastern European Studies. Before Columbia, Emma worked as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Uzbekistan. She has also lived in Russia, Kyrgyzstan, and Turkey. She holds a BA in Political Science and Russian Studies from Davidson College. Her research interests include migration, domestic labor, and gender in Central Asia and Turkey. 

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Alimana Zhanmukanova, Research and Communications Assistant 

Alimana Zhanmukanova is a recent graduate of the OSCE Academy. She is interested in issues of ethnic minorities and nation-building, with a focus on the ethnic Russian community in Kazakhstan. Alimana has previously worked at the Central Asia Desk at the Conflict Prevention Centre at the OSCE Secretariat in Vienna. She has extensive experience in project management and has organized dozens of projects with the support of donors including the Embassy of the United States in Kazakhstan and Freedom House.