Maxat Kassen

Department
Graduate School of Public Policy
Title
Assistant Professor
Email
maxat.kassen@nu.edu.kz

Research Areas: Government Information Policies, Open Data Politics, E-Government, Digital Politics, Political Decision Making, Public Sector Innovations, Decentralization and Federalism Studies, Political Communication and International Relations.

Maxat Kassen is an Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of Public Policy at Nazarbayev University in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan. He is a former Fulbright Visiting Scholar in the University of Illinois at Chicago (2011-2012) and fellow of the Annenberg Institute at the University of Oxford (2011). Over the past two decades, he lectured on political science disiplines at a number of foreign and domestic universities and research institutes, including as a visiting professor with guest lectures in the University of Massachusetts (Amherst, USA), the University of Woodbury (Los Angeles, USA), the US Electronic Government Center (Amherst, Massachusetts, USA) and many other universities. Also before that, he worked in various positions in government agencies, national companies and United Nations structures. In 2003-2004, he headed the foreign information service in the Kazakh National Information Agency – Kazinform.

In December 2017, Maxat Kassen was awarded with A.Baitursynov Silver Medal for significant achievements in scientific research and excellence in teaching students (Association of Institutions of Higher Education, Almaty, Kazakhstan) and in November 2018 he received a presitigious Scopus Award 2018 for Contribution to Science (Elsevier, The Netherlands). His research chiefly focuses on government information politics, open data politics, e-government, digital politics,  methodology of political decision making, public sector innovations, decentralization and federalism studies, political communication and international relations. Maxat Kassen has published more than 50 academic articles on related topics, including in various international peer-reviewed impact factor journals and the author of three books, titled “Understanding systems of e-government” (Rowman & Littlefield: New York, 2015), “E-government in Kazakhstan: a case study of multidimensional phenomena” (Routledge: London, 2016) and “Open Data Politics” (Springer: Switzerland, 2019).