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William Fierman :: Faculty

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Professor, Central Eurasian Studies
Adjunct Professor, Political Science

Office: Goodbody Hall 323
Phone: (812) 855-3759


Ph.D., Havard University, 1979

Current Doctoral Students

Research Interests

politics of Central Asia, especially policies affecting language, Islam, and state identities.

Courses Recently Taught

Publication Highlights

Language Planning and National Development:  The Uzbek Experience (Mouton Press, 1991)

Edited Book:
Soviet Central Asia:  The Failed Transformation (Westview Press, 1991)
Editor of Journal Special Issue
"Implementing Language Laws:  Perestroika and its Legacy in Five Republics: Nationalities Papers, XXIII, No. 3 (1995), pp 505-659
Scholarly articles and book chapters:
"Perceptions of Threats from 'Alien Faiths:" An Analysis of Reactions in the Kazakh-Language Press," in Andrea Strasser et al. (eds.) Central Asia and Islam, Hamburg: Deutsches Orient-Institut (2002), pp 159-171

"Changing Urban Demography and the Prospects of Nationalism in Kazakhstan," Canadian Review of Studies in Nationalism, XXVII, Nos. 1-2 (2000), 7-20

Language and Identity in Kazakhstan:  Formulations in Policy Documents, 1987-1997," Communist and Post-Communist Studies, XXX, No. 2 (1998), 1771-186

"Political Development in Uzbekistan:  Democratization?" in Karen Dawisha and Bruce Parrott (eds.) Conflict, Cleabage and Change in Central Asia and the Caucasus (Cambridge:  Cambridge University Press, 1997), pp 360-408

Current Research Projects