Curriculum Vitae

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Political Science & International Affairs


Amanzhol (Aman) Bekmagambetov is a doctoral candidate in political science at the University of Georgia. He specializes in two primary fields—Comparative Politics and Methodology—and has teaching experience in American Politics and International Relations. His research interests include political social media use, digital political communication, and political participation in authoritarian regimes.


MA, Political Science, University of Louisville, 2017

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Although Aman’s initial degree was in engineering, he decided to pursue his life-long interests in understanding the workings of society and politics— so he started a grad school in the US and never looked back. Trying to strike a balance between learning existing material and producing new knowledge, Aman’s greatest aspiration is to contribute to the ongoing scholarly conversation in the areas of political communication and participation in authoritarian context.

Of Note

Participation in second annual in-person workshop on multi-media methods in public scholarship hosted by Melikian Center for Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies at Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ Kentucky State Legislature Internship with Kentucky state Senator Perry Clark (Spring 2016)

Areas of Expertise

Public Opinion Survey Research Authoritarian Politics Political Participation Political Trust

Honors, Awards, and Achievements

Prestage-Cook Travel Award (2017 SPSA)


American Political Science Association

Course Instruction

Instructor of record

Spring 2024:

INTL 3300: Introduction to Comparative Politics

INTL 4280: Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict

Fall 2023:

INTL 4370: Middle Eastern Politics

Spring 2023:

INTL 4280: Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict

Fall 2022:

INTL 3200: Introduction to International Relations

INTL 4280: Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict

Teaching assistant

Fall 2017 – Spring 2022: POLS 1101: American Government TA

Fall 2019 –Spring 2023: Language tutor for The Russian Flagship Program

Research Interests

Political social media use, authoritarian resilience, political trust, digital political communication, political participation in authoritarian regimes, protest behavior, Central Asia

Selected Publications

2023 ”Digital Media Consumption and Voting among Central Asian Youth: Why Democratic Context Matters.” Amanzhol Bekmagambetov, Jason Gainous, Kevin Wagner, Zhaxylyk Sabitov, and Adil Rodionov, and Bryce Kleinsteuber. Central Asian Survey (2023): 1-20, DOI: 10.1080/02634937.2023.2237519. 2021

“Economic Growth and the Feminisation of Political Science in Kazakhstan: A Leaky Pipeline?” Adil Rodionov, Zhaxylyk Sabitov, Jason Gainous, Kevin M. Wagner, Amanzhol Bekmagambetov, and Kamilya Rodionova. Europe-Asia Studies 75.1 (2022): 110-130, DOI: 10.1080/09668136.2021.1998381. 2020 ”

Critical social media information flows: political trust and protest behaviour among Kazakhstani college students.” Amanzhol Bekmagambetov, Kevin M. Wagner, Jason Gainous, Zhaxylyk Sabitov, Adil Rodionov, and Bagysh Gabdulina. Central Asian Survey 37.4 (2018): 526-545, DOI: 10.1080/02634937.2018.1479374.