Current Positions: Director, Center for Eurasian Regional Studies and Assiociate Professor of Anthropology at Nazarbayaev University, Astana, Kazakhstan
Research Interest: Anthropology of Religion and Secularism; Political Anthropology; Central Asia, Caucasus, Former Soviet Union; Identity, Ethnicity, Nationalism, Conflict; Islam; New Cultural Orientations; Soft Power; Soviet Legacy; Traditions of Knowledge;
|1994||PhD in Social Anthropology, Dept. of Anthropology, Harvard University: “Identity in Central Asia: Construction and Contention in the Conceptions of Özbek, Tajik, Muslim, Samarqandi and Other Groups”.|
|1986||M.A. in Social Anthropology. Dept. of Anthropology, Harvard University.|
|1982||B.A. in Anthropology, with honors. University of California, Santa Cruz.|
- Under review Animals, Kinship, and the State: Kyrgyz Chabans Rebuilding Herds and Reorienting Belonging after the Soviet Collapse, (with Baktybek Isakov), in Anthropology of Eastern Europe Review.
- 2011 Heroes of Theory: Central Asian Islam in Post-War Soviet Ethnography, in Florian Muelfried and Sergei Sokolovskii (Eds.). Soviet Era Anthropology in the Caucasus and Central Asia. Berlin: Lit Verlag.
- 2009 The Invention of Legitimacy: Struggles in Kyrgyzstan to Craft an Effective Nation-State Ideology, (with Asel Murzakulova), in Europe-Asia Studies, 61(7).
- 2007 Talas’s Central Asian Cultural Contexts, in Kyrgyzstan: A Photoethnography of Talas, pp. 19-35. Munich: Hirmer Verlag.Other: Field research in Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Georgia and Russia.