Colleen Wood is a PhD candidate in Columbia University’s Department of Political Science and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. She studies civic engagement and identity in non-democracies, focusing primarily on Central Asia. Prior to coming to Columbia, Ms. Wood earned a B.S. from Georgetown University's Walsh School of Foreign Service and served with the Peace Corps in Kyrgyzstan. She is a regular contributor to The Diplomat, where she writes about politics and society in Kyrgyzstan, and her work has been featured in Foreign Policy and The Washington Post. Read more about her research on her website.