Cynthia Kaplan awarded medal for service to Al Farabi Kazakhstan National University

Professor Cynthia Kaplan has been awarded the 80th Anniversary Medal from Al Farabi Kazakhstan National University for service to the university. The award was granted by the Chancellor of Al Farabi KazNU and will be presented by Professor Gulnar Nasimova (Chair, Department of Political Science, Al Farabi KazNU) in January.

UCSB and Al Farabi KazNU have had an official exchange relationship since 2012, in which their doctoral students have visited UCSB and one of our doctoral students, Margarita Safronova, has visited Kazakhstan to conduct fieldwork for her dissertation. The exchange has recently been renewed and our department looks forward to continued exchanges with students and faculty from Al Farabi KazNU.

Pictured below are Professor Kaplan with Professor Gulnar Nasimova (left photo) and Professor Kaplan with UCSB Graduate Student Margarita Safronova and KazNU Graduate Student Aikerim Kaldinova (right photo). Professor Kaplan worked with both students to prepare a survey on the political culture of Kazakhistan Youth.