Congrats to Dr. Sabzalieva!

On Sept 1, Emma Sabzalieva successfully defended her PhD thesis “Responding to Major Institutional Change: The Fall of the Soviet Union and Higher Education in Central Asia.” Her thesis examines how the higher education systems of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan coped with a momentous disruption – the collapse of the Soviet Union. Combining in-depth accounts from faculty members who experience the transition with national statistical and policy records, the thesis identifies patterns of adaptation, continuity, and transformation.

Dr. Sabzalieva is a research associate at York University’s Faculty of Education.

Congratulations to Emma!

Emma Sabzalieva has been awarded a newer researcher prize by the United Kingdon’s Society for Research into Higher Education. In this study, Emma will investigate how certain types of knowledge have been recognized and thus how merit has been determined and rewarded over time. This will be examined by using the University of London archives on scholarships from 1903 to 1993. This project will track shifts in the recognition of knowledge during a seminal period in the institutionalization of scholarships and in higher education in the UK.