College of Education and Public Policy

Assistant Professor Nurgul Aitalieva

Nurgul R. Aitalieva, Ph.D.Photo of Nurgul R. Aitalieva, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Education

  • University of Tennessee Ph.D., 2014, Political Science
  • Appalachian State University M.P.A., 2009, Public Administration
  • New School M.S., 2004, NonProfit Management
  • Academy of Management under the President of the Kyrgyz Republic M.B.A., 1998, Business Administration
  • Kyrgyz Institute of Education Diploma, 1996, English
  • Kyrgyz State National University Diploma with Distinction, 1995, Chemistry

Research Interest

Professor Aitalieva’s research agenda includes bureaucratic politics, public trust, citizens’ attitudes towards public administration, performance measurement and management, and public policy.

Selected Publications

Refereed publication

Houston, David J., Nurgul R. Aitalieva, Andrew L. Morelock, and Chris A. Shults. 2016. “Citizen Trust in Civil Servants: A Cross-National Examination,” International Journal of Public Administration, 39(14): 1203-1204. 

Nownes, Anthony J., and Nurgul R. Aitalieva. 2013. “The Political Activities of American Corporate Leaders,” Business and Politics, 15(4): 493-527.

Non-Refereed Publications and Reports

Adams-O’Brien, Frances, Rick Whitehead, Nurgul R. Aitalieva, Matthew Marshall, and David Folz. 2011. “Tennessee Municipal Benchmarking Project FY2010,” Municipal Technical Advisory Service. Knoxville, TN: The University of Tennessee.

Adams-O’Brien, Frances, Rick Whitehead, Nurgul R. Aitalieva, Matthew Marshall, and David Folz. 2011. “Benchmarking Project: User Manual.” Municipal Technical Advisory Service. Knoxville, TN: The University of Tennessee.

Aitalieva, Nurgul R. (co-author and editor). 2006. “Manual for NGO Leaders: Effective Management and Leadership of Non-Profit Organizations.” Grant financed by Association of Civil Society Support Centres (written in Russian).


Teaching Experience

Prof. Aitalieva taught at the International and Comparative Politics department at the American University in Central Asia (Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan) for three years. As a graduate teaching assistant/ associate, she taught at the Political Science department at the University of Tennessee (Knoxville, TN) for five years.


Professional Experience

For about 10 years, Prof. Aitalieva worked as a consultant in the European Union (TACIS), Asian Development Bank (ADB), and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) projects. Through these international projects, Prof. Aitalieva was actively involved in public administration reforms in her native country, Kyrgyzstan. She participated in drafting the civil service law, the tax code, and other PA laws, regulations, and instructions. She was a part of the European team that was involved in establishing an MPA program at the Academy of Management under the President of the Kyrgyz Republic.


Professional Organizations

American Political Science Association
American Society for Public Administration
Midwest Political Science Association
Southern Political Science Association
International City/County Management Association

Prof. Aitalieva is a native of Kyrgyzstan (Bishkek city). In addition to English, she speaks Kyrgyz and Russian languages.