Ph.D., Political Science, Indiana University, Bloomington
M.A., Political Science, Kansas State University, Manhattan
B.A., English and Philosophy, Bethany College, Lindsborg
Energy politics, globalization, sustainable development, politics of natural resources, global political Islam, and post-Soviet politics
Leila Zakhirova joined the Department of Political Science in 2013. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from Indiana University, Bloomington. Her dissertation sought to delineate the regional boundaries of Central Asia with concrete data. An important part of the analysis looked at the security implications of freshwater mismanagement practices among the five Central Asian states. Her recent research interests concern global energy transitions and the political, economic, and security implications of a global shift from fossil fuels to renewable alternatives such as biofuel, wind, and solar energy. She is also interested in the political and security implications of such a shift on select petro-authoritarian states. When the world moves away from fossil fuels, will this transition in such states lead to incentives for diversification and reform, or to destabilization and conflict? Prof. Zakhirova has published articles in Europe-Asia Studies and The Review of Regional Studies. She is currently working on a book manuscript examining the link between global energy transitions and systemic power transitions with a particular focus on the US-China competition.
Prior to joining Concordia, Prof. Zakhirova taught at Whittier College, CA. In addition to her teaching and research responsibilities, she also serves as the managing editor for a peer-reviewed social-science journal Asian Security.