Anna Cieślewska, PhD, is a researcher at the Department of Iranian Studies, Institute of Oriental Studies at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków. She wrote her doctoral thesis at the Institute of Applied Social Sciences, University of Warsaw. She graduated from the University of Warsaw’s School of Cross-culture Relations with an MA degree, and earned an MSc degree in Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London (MSc), as well as completing the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw.
As a result of her interest in Central Asian socio-economic development issues and the geopolitics of Central Asia, as well as in Islam and local traditions in the post-Soviet region, she has spent the last twelve years working on various research and development projects in the CIS region. Recently, she leads the project: “Changes in religious tradition of migrants from Tajikistan in the Russian Federation”.