Travel to Kazakhstan

Links for UW Travelers to Nazarbayev University (NU)

In addition to these resources, the International Division Safety and Security Office has a number of other resources for UW–Madison employees traveling abroad.

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About Kazakhstan

About Astana

Places to Visit in Astana

Map of Astana

Link to a map of the NU campus

Culture and Food

Travelling with Electronics

Reports from International Non-Governmental Organizations

News Sources from/in Kazakhstan

Select Scholarship on Kazakhstan

Available Online

  1. Robbins, C. (2010). Apples are from Kazakhstan: The land that disappeared. Atlas and Company.
  2. Silova, I., & Niyozov, S. (Eds.). (2020). Globalization on the margins: Education and post-socialist transformations in Central Asia. IAP.
  3. Huisman, J., Smolentseva, A., & Froumin, I. (Eds.)(2018). 25 years of transformations of higher education systems in post-Soviet countries. Springer Nature.
  4. Chankseliani, M. (2022). What happened to the Soviet university? Oxford University Press. 
  5. Chankseliani, M., Fedyukin, I., & Froumin, I. (Eds.)(2022). Building research capacity at universities: insights from post-Soviet countries. Palgrave MacMillan.

Available in UW–Madison Libraries

  1. Ahn, E. S., & Smagulova, J. (Eds.). (2016). Language change in Central Asia. Walter de Gruyter.
  2. Ahn, E. S., Dixon, J., & Chekmareva, L. (2018). Looking at Kazakhstan’s higher education landscape: From transition to transformation between 1920 and 2015. Ch. 8. Springer Nature.
  3. Aitken, J. (2009). Nazarbayev and the making of Kazakhstan: from communism to capitalism. Bloomsbury.
  4. Asemkulov, T., & Fairweather-Vega, S. (2019). A life at noon. Three String Books.
  5. Carmack, R. J. (2019). Kazakhstan in World War II: Mobilization and ethnicity in the Soviet empire. University Press of Kansas.
  6. Laumulin, C., & Laumulin, M. (2009). The Kazakhs: Children of the steppes. Global Oriental.
  7. Keller, S. (2019). Russia and Central Asia: Coexistence, conquest, convergence. University of Toronto Press.
  8. Kuzhabekova, A. (2022). Thirty years of research capacity development in Kazakhstani higher education. In Chankseliani et al. (2022) Building research capacity at universities: insights from post-Soviet countries (pp. 225-243). Palgrave MacMillan.
  9. Laszczkowski, M. (2016). ‘City of the future’: Built space, modernity and urban change in Astana. Berghahn Books.
  10. Lillis, J. (2018). Dark shadows: Inside the secret world of Kazakhstan. Bloomsbury.
  11. Pomfret, R. (2019). The Central Asian economies in the twenty-first century: Paving a new silk road. Princeton University Press.
  12. Salhani, C. (2011). Islam without a veil: Kazakhstan’s path of moderation. Potomac Books.
  13. Schatz, E. (2004). Modern clan politics: the power of” blood” in Kazakhstan and beyond. University of Washington Press.
  14. Shai︠a︡khmetov, M., & Butler, J. (2012). A Kazakh teacher’s story: Surviving the silent steppe. Stacey International.
  15. Silova, I., & Niyozov, S. (2020). Globalization on the margins. Education and post-Socialist transformations in Central Asia. Information Age Publishing.

Select Scholarly Books/Articles by NU Faculty

  1. Bissenova, A. (2016). Building a Muslim nation. In Bigozhin, U., Bissenova, A., Blum, D., Diener, A. C., Koch, N., Kudaibergenova, Laszczkowski, M., Peyrouse, S., Rancier, M., Tutumlu, A. and Schwab, W.; Kazakhstan in the Making: Legitimacy, symbols, and social changes, 211–228. Lexington Books.
  2. Caron, J. F. (Ed.). (2019). Kazakhstan and the Soviet Legacy: Between continuity and rupture. Springer.
  3. Dubuisson, E. M. (2017). Living language in Kazakhstan: The dialogic emergence of an ancestral worldview. University of Pittsburgh Press.
  4. McGuire, G. (2017). Cultural histories of kumiss: tuberculosis, heritage and national health in post-Soviet Kazakhstan. Central Asian Survey36(4), 493–510. 
  5. Bazarkulova, D. & Compton, J. (2021). “Marriage traditions and investment in education: The case of bride kidnapping.” Journal of Comparative Economics 49 (1): 147-163.
  6. Doumani Dupuy, P.N., Zhuniskhanov, A., Bullion, E., Kiyasbek, G.K., Tashmanbetova, Z., Rakhmankulov, E.Zh., Isin, A.I. (2021). The newly discovered bronze age site of Koken: Merging micro-regions with major study zones in the high steppes of Kazakhstan. Archaeological Research in Asia 27:1-6.

Other Scholarly Articles

  1. Bekmagambetov, A., Wagner, K. M., Gainous, J., Sabitov, Z., Rodionov, A., & Gabdulina, B. (2018). Critical social media information flows: political trust and protest behaviour among Kazakhstani college students. Central Asian Survey37(4), 526–545.
  2. Fauve, A. (2015). Global Astana: nation branding as a legitimization tool for authoritarian regimes. Central Asian Survey34(1), 110–124.
  3. Laruelle, M., & Royce, D. (2019). Kazakhstani public opinion of the United States and Russia: testing variables of (un) favourability. Central Asian Survey38(2), 197–216.
  4. Martin, V. (2017). Engagement with empire as norm and in practice in Kazakh nomadic political culture (1820s–1830s). Central Asian Survey36(2), 175–194.