About Us

Welcome to the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Nazarbayev University.  We are a community of scholars, students, and staff committed to learning for the future in the words of our school motto.

Our School offers students world-class education in a broad array of subjects with specialties in Anthropology, Economics, History, Political Science & International Relations, Sociology, and Langauges & Literature.  We also offer three Master of Arts programs in Economics, Eurasian Studies, and Political Science & International Relations.  In SHSS, students learn from faculty members who have earned doctoral degrees at the world’s best universities.  These faculty are well respected scholars engaged in active research and they provide both excellent instruction in the classroom and mentorship outside of it.   We have a particular concentration of scholars with expertise in the Eurasian region and an alignment of resources and scholars in this area that is truly unique.

Our small classes and student-centered approach mean that all of our students have the opportunity to develop close relationships with their instructors who can guide them into academic paths uniquely suited to them.

We are also proud to offer academic support to our students with resources such as the Writing Center and a well established student support systems such as our Peer Advising team.

I have had the great privilege of being involved with SHSS since the school opened in 2011.  During this time I have witnessed some amazing things including the great outpouring of confidence from students who chose to cast their lot with a new university, the dedication of faculty members who came from all over the world to realize the dream of Nazarbayev University, and the tireless work of our staff as they create systems to make possible the work of our students and scholars.

Having realized our initial goals we will continue developing programs while also shifting our focus to improving those that are already underway.  I look forward to continuing to work with the excellent team in SHSS and I am sure that together we will do great things.

I invite you to explore our web page and perhaps to come and find your place on our team.


Dr. Daniel Pugh