Faculty and Advising
Faculty assigned to teach Comparative International Studies courses are drawn from the disciplinary departments and area studies centers in the College of Arts and Letters.
Program Director and Undergraduate Adviser
Zamira Abman holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and studies state-centered emancipation of Muslim women in the former Soviet Union/Russia and Middle East. Her work has been published in The Palgrave Handbook for Soviet Women’s History and she is currently preparing a book manuscript based on her dissertation work with the University of Toronto Press. She teaches classes in Soviet/Russian history, Modern Middle East and Gender, World History, and Western Civilization. She is also the director of the Comparative International Studies major in the College of Arts and Letters at SDSU. Prior to her doctorate studies, Dr. Abman completed her undergraduate degree in American Studies and International and Comparative Politics at the American University of Central Asia (an English-language liberal arts college in Kyrgyzstan) and a masters’ degree in International Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution at the University of Notre Dame, the Kroc Institute. She has also worked for various NGOs around the US and Africa including the Carter Center, Counterpart International in Washington, D.C.