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Kristoffer M. Rees

Assistant Professor, Political Science
International Studies, Program Coordinator
Tom Raper Hall 256
(765) 973-8455


  • PhD, Political Science & Central Eurasian Studies, Indiana University, Bloomington (2015)
  • MA, Central Eurasian Studies, Indiana University, Bloomington (2008)
  • BA, Psychology, Whitman College (2002)

Current Teaching Interests

  • Comparative politics, state-building, nationalism, political theory, contemporary Central Asian affairs

Current Research Interests

  • nationalism, multiculturalism and identity politics, memory politics, language politics, political conflict and protest, post-Soviet regime transition, Central Asia.

Selected Publications

  • Rees, Kristoffer. 2019. “Response to Daniel Miller, ‘The Populist Fantasy: American Ethnonationalism and the Dysphoria of the Body Politic’.” Soundings 102 (2-3).
  • Rees, Kristoffer and Aziz Burkhanov. 2018. “Constituting the Kazakhstani Nation: Rhetorical Transformation of National Belonging” Nationalism and Ethnic Politics 24(4)
  • Rees, Kristoffer and Nora Webb Williams. 2017. “Explaining Kazakhstani Identity: Supraethnic identity, ethnicity, language, and citizenship.” Nationalities Papers 45(5)
  • LaForge, C., K. Rees, L. Alexander & R. Alexander. 2016. “Chapter Five: Political Science.” In Ross C. Alexander (ed.) Best Practices in Online Teaching and Learning across Academic Disciplines. Fairfax, VA: George Mason University Press. (forthcoming)

Selected Conference and Invited Presentations

  • “Active Learning or Higher Order Learning? Assessing Approaches for Developing Global Competence in the Online Classroom,” with Brian Cwiek. 20th Annual Midwest SoTL Conference, April 5, 2019, Indiana University – South Bend
  • “’SEARing’ critiques: Improving the Quality of Online Discussion Assignments.” 19th Annual Midwest SoTL Conference, April 6, 2018, Indiana University – South Bend
  • “Recasting the Nation: De-Sovietizing Kazakhstani Heroes.” 21st Annual Convention of the Association for Studies of Nationalities, April 14th 2015, Columbia University, New York.
  • “Explaining Kazakhstani Identity: Supranationalism, Ethnicity, Language, and Citizenship.” With Nora Webb Williams. 16th Annual Conference of the Central Eurasian Studies Society, October 17, 2015, George Washington University, Washington DC.
  • Kto takie kazakhstantsy?: Results of a Multi-Sited Survey Assessing. Citizen Attitudes towards Kazakhstani Supranational Identity,” 20th Annual Convention of the Association for Studies of Nationalities, April 24th 2015, Columbia University, New York.
  • "Multiculturalism in Kazakhstan," IAUNRC Brown Bag Talk Series, Indiana University, Bloomington, November 19th, 2013.
  • "Analyzing Multiethnic Societies: Normative Frameworks in Kazakhstan, the US and the European Union," International Theoretical and Practical Conference "Independence and the Leader of the Nation," Academy of Public Administration under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Astana, Kazakhstan, December 11th 2012
  • "Minority Nationality Representation in Kyrgyzstan: Uzbeks and the State under Akaev and Bakiev," 15th Annual Convention of the Association for Studies of Nationalities, April 16th 2010, Columbia University, New York.

Selected Previous Employment Positions

  • Associate Instructor, Various Departments, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN (2010-2014)
  • Graduate Assistant, Web Design, Inner Asian & Uralic National Resource Center at Indiana University, Bloomington, IN (2006-2010)
  • Communications Assistant, University of Central Asia, Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic (2005-2006)
  • US Peace Corps Volunteer, TEFL, Kyrgyz Republic (2002-2004)

Selected Academic Awards/Recognitions

  • Combined Research and Language Training Program (Title VIII), American Councils (Astana, Kazakhstan), May-August 2017
  • Title VIII Fellowship for Advanced Russian, Indiana University, Summer 2016
  • FLAS recipient for Advanced Directed Language Study of Kazakh, Indiana University, AY 2008 - 2009


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