Maya Zaynetdinova

Graduate Student
PhD Cohort 2018


Global governance; civil society; advocacy; non-profit organizations; Information technology and society


Born in Moscow, Russia, Maya started her academic career at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO-University) focusing on International Law. Having completed 2 years, Maya chose to transfer to the State University of New York, College at Cortland (SUNY Cortland), where she earned BA in International Studies and Economics. 

Prior to starting her PhD at UCSB, Maya gained practical experience as an Economic Affairs intern at the Regional Commissions Office at the United Nations HQ, and as a Global Policy intern at Global Citizen, an advocacy organization based in New York City. 

In 2020, UCSB's Interdisciplinary Humanities Center announced their ten new Public Humanities Graduate Fellows, one of which includes Global Studies PhD student Maya Zaynetdinova. This unique program prepares students for careers as dynamic, socially engaged humanists both within and beyond the academy.


Maya’s area of research revolves around models of global governance and social and economic role of global civil society and non-governmental organizations. She is also interested in the impact of technology on advocacy as well as participation of private sector in social activism.