Kayla Kim

Marketing Manager, Laidlaw Foundation

About Kayla Kim

Hello! I was Laidlaw scholar in 2019, and I studied national, regional, and local identity in northern Tajikistan through the lens of women's fashion. 

For a year after graduating, I worked for the UN Mine Action Service which removes landmines from conflict and post-conflict regions. Now I have returned to the Laidlaw Foundation!

Please feel free to get in touch. I'm always happy to meet new people and chat, especially about nationalism/politics of gender/Central Asia/demining/UN/writing or even ballroom dance :)

I am a/an:

Alum: Undergraduate Programme

Area of Expertise

Social Sciences

Research Topic

Anthropology Fashion Identity & Belonging Sociology

Laidlaw Cohort Year



University of Oxford

I am from:

United States of America

My hobbies/interests are:

Dance Foreign languages Reading Theatre Travelling Video/filmmaking Writing/blogging

I am open to participating in mentoring/buddy programmes


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Fashion in the Ferghana Valley: How Tajik national identity in a multinational region manifests in individual dress

This paper aims to explore how the city Khujand's proximity to international borders affects Tajik women's fashion and women's perceptions of their national dress.

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