Tajikistan Dissertations and Theses

All the works listed below focus on Tajikistan, or include at least a case study among several. Works at the Master’s level are only included if they are freely available for download. Some of these works are available at Proquest or EThOS. All should be available at the university of submission. Dissertations that have been published as books are not listed.

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Arazmedova, Gozel. Women and girls in Tajikistan: new roles, new expectations; why do girls drop out of school? MA, UNC Chapel Hill, 2011. PDF

Autenrieth, Gian. Stakeholders’ participation in development strategy planning. Assessing a multi-stakeholder forum of a development strategy formulation process. Diploma Thesis, Department of Geography, University of Zurich, 2011. PDF.

Blackburn, Rebecca. Women of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan: Historical legacies impacting contemporary involvement. PhD Dissertation, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2011.

Eggenberger, Simon. Effects of Labour Migration on Rural Livelihoods in Tajikistan. With a special regard on the interlinkages to agricultural land use. Diploma Thesis, Department of Geography, University of Zurich, 2011. PDF.

Hierman, Brent. Political Access, Legal Fairness and Cross-ethnic Trust in Central Asia. PhD Dissertation, Indiana University, 2011.

Joshi, Manisha. Attitudes Towards Wife-Beating Among Women in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan. PhD Dissertation. University of Pennsylvania, 2011.

Latypov, A. The administration of addiction: the politics of medicine and opiate use in Soviet Tajikistan, 1924–1958. PhD, University College London, 2011.

Nazarmavloev, Farrukh. Evaluation of EO-1 Hyperion Hyperspectral Data for Soil Organic Carbon assessment. MSc, Asian Institute of Technology, 2011. PDF.

Reinhard, Marcel. Mapping of land cover and land use systems, assessment of the prevailing land use systems in respect to sustainability and creation of a monitoring tool in the Tajik Pamirs. MSc, ETH Zürich, 2011. PDF.

Shokirov, Qobiljon. Comparative study of two different soil conservation practices from the vineyard mulching treatment in Faizabad region of Tajikistan. MSc, Antioch University New England, 2011. PDF.

Strahm, Anja. GIS and remote sensing contributing to the understanding of the land cover changes and the governing geomorphological processes in Ghesh and Faizabad catchments in Muminabad district, Tajikistan. MSc, CDE, 2011. PDF.

Tobler, Michael. Assessment of the impact of dominant land-use systems on soil organic content in the Tajik Pamirs on the basis of a soil spectral library. MSc, ETH Zurich, 2011. PDF.

Vanselow, Kim Andre. The high-mountain pastures of the Eastern Pamirs (Tajikistan): an evaluation of the ecological basis and the pasture potential. PhD, Erlangen-Nurnberg University, 2011. PDF

Waljee, Anise. The meanings of educational change in post-Soviet Tajikistan: educational encounters in Badakhshan. PhD, University of London, 2011.

Yountchi, Lisa Tamara. Between Russia and Iran: Soviet Tajik Literature and Identity, 1920-1991. PhD, Northwestern University, 2011.


Banzragch, Otgontugs. Education and the labor market in Central Asia: The cases of Mongolia and Tajikistan. PhD, Columbia University, 2010.

De Danieli, Filippo. Silk Road mafias: the political economy of drugs and state-building in post-Soviet Tajikistan. PhD, SOAS, 2010.

Mastibekov, Otambek. Leadership and authority of Ismailis: a case study of Badakhshani community in Tajikistan. PhD, SOAS, 2010.

Shirota, Makiko. School attendance and migrant remittances in transition economies: the case Albania and Tajikistan. PhD, Columbia University, 2010.

Roche, Sophie. Domesticating youth: the youth bulge in post-civil war Tajikistan. PhD, University of Halle-Wittenberg, 2010.


Berndt, Hope. Testing the theory of the penetrated political system in Central Asia. PhD, Long Island University, 2009.

Clifford, David Michael. Marriage and fertility change in post-Soviet Tajikistan. PhD Dissertation, University of Southampton, 2009.

Driscoll, Jesse R. Exiting anarchy: Militia politics after the post-Soviet wars. PhD, Stanford University, 2009.

Kevlihan, Rob. States of insurgency: Conflict transformation in civil wars through social services. PhD, The American University, 2009.

Liese, Kylea Laina. Motherdeath in childbirth: Explaining the maternal mortality on the roof of the world. PhD, Stanford University, 2009.

Nakaya, Sumie. A paradox of peacebuilding aid: Institutionalized exclusion and violence in post-conflict states. PhD, City University of New York, 2009.

Rahmonova, Tojiniso. Literacy in Tajikistan. MA, California State University, 2009. PDF

Spånning, Anna C. Towards Institutional Stabilization and Development? A Study of Inter-Organizational Cooperation in the Tajik Cotton Industry. PhD, Karlstad University, 2009.

Whitsel, Christopher M. Growing inequality: Post-Soviet transition and educational participation in Tajikistan. PhD, Indiana University, 2009.

Wiegmann, Gunda. Socio-political change in Tajikistan. PhD, Hamburg University, 2009. PDF

Wirz, Christian. Assessing impacts of different grassland systems on land degradation and conservation in Faizabad (Tajikistan). MSc, Centre of Development and Environment, University of Bern, 2009. PDF.


Grezov, Ravshan. Development Programs for poverty alleviation: Comparative study of microfinance program in two areas of Tajikistan. MA, Ohio University, 2008. PDF


Bleuer, Christian. Uzbeks Versus The Center: Mobilization as an Ethnic Minority in the Tajikistan and Afghanistan Civil Wars. MA, Indiana University, 2007. PDF

Donovan, Leslie. Causes and consequences of 1970-1971 forced migration of the Yaghnobis in the Tajik SSR. MA, California State University, 2007. PDF

Iji, Tetsuro. Cooperation, coordination and interconnectedness in multiparty mediation the case of Tajikistan, 1993-1997. PhD, London School of Economics, 2007.

Kilavuz, Idil Tuncer. Understanding violent conflict: A comparative study of Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. PhD, Indiana University, 2007.

Sehring, Jenniver. The Politics of Water Institutional Reform in Neo-patrimonial States: A comparative analysis of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. PhD, University of Hagen, 2007.

Shemyakina, Olga N. Armed conflict, education and the marriage market: Evidence from Tajikistan. PhD, University of Southern California, 2007.

Wolfgramm, Bettina. Land Use, Soil Degradation and Soil Conservation in the Loess Hills of Central Tajikistan. PhD, Centre of Development and Environment, University of Bern, 2007. PDF.


Adhami, Siamak. Toward a biography of Ahmad Danesh. PhD, University of California, Los Angeles, 2006.

Bühlmann, Erik. Assessing Soil Erosion and Conservation in the Loess Area of Faizabad, Western Tajikistan. MSc, Centre of Development and Environment, University of Bern, 2006. PDF.

Fumagalli, Matteo. The dynamics of Uzbek ethno-political mobilization in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan (1991-2003). PhD, University of Edinburgh, 2006.

Guntli, David. Classification of land cover and land use – An object-oriented approach in Western Tajikistan. Diploma Thesis, Remote Sensing Laboratory, Department of Geography, University of Zurich, 2006. PDF.

Seiler, Bruno. Quantitative Assessment of Soil Parameters in Western Tajikistan using a Soil Spectral Library Approach. Diploma Thesis, Remote Sensing Laboratory, Department of Geography, University of Zurich, 2006. PDF.

Spinetti, Federico. Music, politics and identity in post-Soviet Tajikistan. PhD, University of London, 2006.

Steinberg, Jonah. The anatomy of the Transnation: The globalization of the Isma`ili Muslim community. PhD, University of Pennsylvania, 2006.

Walicki, Nadine. Tajikistan Unravelled: The State Resettlement of Citizens. MA, Department of European and Russian studies, Carleton University, Ottawa, 2006.


Markowitz, Lawrence P. Collapsed and prebendal states in post-Soviet Eurasia: Cross-regional determinants of state formation in Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. PhD, University of Wisconsin – Madison, 2005.

Winnig, Anke. Socio-Economic Factors for Land Use Changes in the Hill Zone of Western Tajikistan. Diploma Thesis, Institute of Geography, Rheinischen Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, 2005. PDF.


Freizer, Sabine. What Civil Society After Civil War? A Study of Civil Society Organizations’ Effect on Peace Consolidation in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Tajikistan. PhD, The London School of Economics, 2004.

Zartman, Jonathan K. Political transition in Central Asian republics: Authoritarianism versus power-sharing. PhD, University of Denver, 2004.


Koen, Benjamin David. Devotional music and healing in Badakhshan, Tajikistan: Preventive and curative practices. PhD, Ohio State University, 2003. PDF + Audio


Naemi, Ali. The interplay between the performance of the manufacturing sector and the success of transition to a market economy: a case study of Tajikistan. PhD, University of Guelph, 2002.

Rowe, William C. On the edge of empires: The Hisor Valley of Tajikistan. PhD, The University of Texas at Austin, 2002.


Niyozov, Sarfaroz. Understanding teaching in post-Soviet, rural, mountainous Tajikistan: Case studies of teachers’ life and work. PhD, University of Toronto, 2001.


Akcali, Pinar. Identity politics and political mobilization in Central Asia: The case of the Islamic Renaissance Party (IRP). PhD, Miami University, 1998.

Keshavjee, Salmaan. Medicines and transitions: the political economy of health and social change in post-Soviet Badakhshan, Tajikistan. PhD, Harvard University, 1998.

Kiasatpour, Soleiman M. Regime transition in post-Soviet Central Asia: The cases of Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. PhD, University of California, Riverside, 1998.


Akbarzadeh, Shahram. Nation-building in Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. PhD, La Trobe University, 1997.

Lynch, Dov. Russian peacekeeping strategies in the CIS, 1992-1996 : the cases of Moldova, Georgia and Tajikistan. PhD, University of Oxford, 1997.

Nourzhanov, Kirill K. Politics and change in Tajikistan. PhD, Australian National University, 1997.

Shirazi, Habibollah Abolhassan. The dynamics of political stability in post-Soviet Tajikistan. PhD, University of Sydney, 1997.

Van den Berg, Gabrielle Rachel. Minstrel poetry from the Pamir Mountains: a study on the songs and poems of the Ismailis of Tajik Badakhshan. PhD, College van Dekanen, 1997.


Tett, Gillian. Ambiguous Alliances: Marriage and Identity in a Muslim Village in Soviet Tajikistan. PhD, University of Cambridge, 1996.


Tousley, Scott W. Afghan sources of the Tajikistan civil war. MMAS, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, 1995. PDF


Cunha, Stephen Farrell. The applicability of the biosphere reserve model to the Pamir Mountains, Tajikistan. PhD, University of California, Davis, 1994.

Schoeberlein-Engel, John S. Identity in Central Asia: Construction and contention in the conceptions of “Ozbek,” “Tajik,” “Muslim,” “Samarqandi” and other groups. PhD, Harvard University, 1994.

Tadjbakhsh, Shahrbanou. The a-Soviet woman of the Muslim east and nativization in Tajikistan, 1989-1992. PhD, Columbia University, 1994.


Singh, Premlata. Parameters of Agrarian Reconstruction and Modernization in Soviet Central Asia: A Case Study of Tajikistan (1930-1980). PhD, Jawaharlal Nehru University, 1989.


Goyette, Arthur Vincent. Ideology and industrial development: the case of Soviet Central Asia. PhD, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1974.

Shorish, M Mobin. Education in the Tajik Soviet Socialist Republic, 1917-1967. PhD, University of Chicago, 1972.