Bhavna Dave (PhD in Political Science from Syracuse University, NY) is Senior Lecturer in Central Asian Politics in the Department of Politics and International Studies at School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. She also holds the position Chair of the Centre of Contemporary Central Asia and the Caucasus at SOAS. She has published numerous works on minorities, ethnic and language policies and political transition in Central Asia. She is the author of the book Kazakhstan: Ethnicity, Language and Power (Routledge: London, 2007). She is editor of Modern Central Asia (London: Routledge, 2009), a four-volume collection of some of the most notable scholarly articles published so far on the region. This is part of Routledge’s series on Critical Issues in Modern Politics. She has published articles on varied themes such as electoral politics in Kazakhstan, relations between EU and Kazakhstan, relationship between census and identity politics and comparison of the language policies of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. Her current research project is on the labour migrants and the emerging migration regime in Kazakhstan and Russia.