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Sarah Kendzior

Writer at Al Jazeera English

About Me

I am a writer. I am best known for my critical take on the “prestige economy” and for my work on authoritarian states in Central Asia. As an op-ed columnist for Al Jazeera English, I write about exploitation, particularly in higher education, and the diminishing opportunities of America’s youth. I also cover internet privacy, political repression, and how the media shape public perception.

I have a PhD in anthropology from Washington University (2012) and an MA in Central Eurasian Studies from Indiana University (2006). My academic research has been published in American Ethnologist, Problems of Post-Communism, Central Asian Survey, Demokratizatsiya, Nationalities Papers, and the Journal of Communication.

I have also written for Foreign Policy, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Slate, Radio Free Europe, and many other publications. In 2013, Foreign Policy named me one of “the 100 people you should be following on Twitter to make sense of global events”.



  • “‘Recognize the Spies’: Transparency and Political Power in Uzbek Cyberspace”

    5/2012 University of Manchester, UK

  • “The Impact of Social Media in Azerbaijan”

    5/2012 Google Internet at Liberty 2012

  • “Challenges to Internet Freedom in Central Asia”

    6/2012 New America Foundation

  • “Not Talking About a Revolution: The Internet in Post-Soviet Authoritarian States”

    10/2012 Harriman Institute, Columbia University

  • “Beyond Succession: The Politics of Fear in Uzbekistan”

    1/2013 Seattle University


  • Al Jazeera English

    • 3/2012 - Present Columnist
  • Various publications

    • 1/2012 - Present Freelance contributor
  • Freedom House

    • 1/2012 - Present consultant



  • English

  • Uzbek

  • Russian