Ajar Chekirova is a PhD candidate in Political Science at UIC. She concentrates in Comparative and Urban Politics with a focus on migration, citizenship, displacement and urban development. Her dissertation explores the effects of the persisting institution of household registration in post-communist states on urban development, citizenship, and democratic principles. Other research interests include political parties, elections, and voting behavior in Comparative and American politics.
She is a Visiting Fellow at Central Asian Studies Institute in Kyrgyzstan in 2015-2016 academic year.