Gulshirin is currently pursuing an EdD in Adult and Higher Education, with a graduate concentration in adult and higher education administration. Her research interests include philosophy of education, gender equality, and international education. Prior to coming to NIU, she conducted a long-term project on "Girls' education improvement in traditional cultures," in the rural area of Turkmenistan (1998-2008). She also completed a consultancy report for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) focusing on integrating gender equality issues into the existing college curricula. Finally, since 2011, she has been researching parents' equal support for male and female children regarding continuing education and its implications in higher education. This is Gulshirin's first year as a graduate teaching assistant for Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies.