Elena S. Bell

Ph.D. Student (2016 Cohort)


Dissertation Project

Circumpolar Region and Central Asia – two global crossroads of economic interests, political tensions, and international cooperation.

Professional Background

Simultaneous Interpreting, Public Diplomacy, Education, Theater Arts


Inuktitut (studying), Russian, Uzbek



Elena S. Bell is interested in the role of public and indigenous diplomacy as tools for strengthening native voice at the international negotiation table.  This native of Uzbekistan and graduate of Tashkent Theater Arts Institute earned her Masters Degrees from Humboldt State University, where she also taught Russian, and from Monterey Institute of International Studies, where she also worked at the Center for Non–Proliferation Studies.  As an interpreter, Elena has an opportunity to observe people–to–people international relations in the making through the U.S. Department of State public diplomacy programs. Working with the representatives of the vast territory, which spans from Central Asia to the most northern nations, sparked Elena’s interest in the indigenous issues. She focuses on the international developments in two regions, one centered at the North Pole, the other located at the heart of Asia.


  • Sally Lee Steward, Elena S. Bell, Maksuda Jorayeva–Yuksel. Translations of Poems by Dilshod, Two Lines. A Journal of Translation. Center for Arts in Translation, 2003.
  • Sally Lee Steward, Elena S. Bell, Maksuda Jorayeva–Yuksel. Translations of Poems by Zebunisso, Dilshod, and Anbar Atyn, Atlanta Review. Asia. Spring/Summer 2002.

Grants & Fellowships

  • Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship (two times recipient) Inuktitut/Arctic Studies.  JSIS, University of Washington.
  • Research Assistantship James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies.
  • Graduate Fellowship Monterey Institute of International studies.