Nari Shelekpayev

Nari Shelekpayev joins Yale as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures. Shelekpayev studies the urban, cultural, and political history of the late Russian empire, the Soviet Union, and its successor states. Shelekpayev is working on two book-length projects; the first is a political and urban history of Kazakhstan and its capital cities in the 20th century and the second on the history of Kazakhstan and the way its cultural forms and political systems have evolved and co-constructed one another under the Soviet rule. Before coming to Yale, Shelekpayev taught Soviet and Eurasian history as well as urban and global history in the Department of History at European University at Saint Petersburg.