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Department of Anthropology - Dr. Noor Borbieva

Dr. Noor Borbieva

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Noor O’Neill Borbieva is a cultural anthropologist. Her research, on religious change and development in the former Soviet Union, has been published in Anthropological Quarterly, Culture and Religion, Ethnology, and Slavic Review. She is currently conducting ethnographic research among faith communities in Fort Wayne.

At IPFW, Dr. Borbieva teaches “Culture and Society,” “Anthropology of Religion,” “Peoples and Cultures of Central Asia,” “Gender in Cross-cultural Perspective,” and “Anthropology of the Muslim World.” She is an affiliated faculty member of the IPFW Women’s Studies Program and the Indiana University (Bloomington) Russian and East European Institute.

Dr. Borbieva was born in Seattle, Washington. She received a B.A. from Princeton University in 1996 and a Ph.D. in anthropology from Harvard University in 2007. Between degrees, she was a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Kyrgyz Republic. She comes to IPFW from the Kellogg Institute at Notre Dame, where she was a Visiting Fellow.

Selected publications:

“Islam and the international sector: Negotiations of faith in the Kyrgyz Republic.” Notre Dame Kellogg Institute Working Papers Series. December 2009.


“Troubled relations: Mobility and exchange in post-Soviet Kyrgyzstan.” 2012. Ethnology 49(3): 167-184.

“Kidnapping women: Function, symbol, and power in Central Asian marriage.” 2012. Anthropological Quarterly 85(1): 141-170.

“Foreign faiths and national renewal: Christian conversion among Kyrgyz youth.” 2012. Culture and Religion 13(1): 41-63.

“Islam in the nation’s service: Religious women, the state, and civil society in the Kyrgyz Republic.” 2012. Slavic Review 71(2): 288-307.

"Anxiety, order, and the other: Well-being among ethnic Kyrgyz and Uzbeks." 2013. Central Asian Survey 32(4): 501-513.

 You may access her CV here.