Ron Sela :: FacultyAssociate Professor, Central Eurasian Studies
Associate Professor, International Studies
Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of History
Ph.D., Indiana University, 2004
Current Doctoral Students
History and historiography of Islamic Central Asia in the 16th-20th centuries; political and cultural self-representation in Central Asian sources, and Central Asia’s role in the history of the Islamic world
Courses Recently Taught
- Introduction to Central Asian History
- Central Asia under Russian Rule
- Ethnic History of Central Asia
- Sources for the Study of Central Asian History
- Travelers and Explorers in Central Asia
- Central Asia in the 19th Century
- Nations, States and Boundaries (for the Program in International Studies)
- Capstone Seminar (for the Program in International Studies)
The Legendary Biographies of Tamerlane: Islam and Heroic Apocrypha in Central Asia. Cambridge University Press (April, 2011).
Islamic Central Asia: An Anthology of Historical Sources (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2009). Co-authored with Scott C. Levi.
Ritual and Authority in Central Asia: The Khan's Inauguration Ceremony. Papers on Inner Asia no. 37 (Bloomington: RIFIAS, 2003), 79 pp.
“Invoking the Russian Conquest of Khiva and the Massacre of the Yomut Turkmens: The Choices of a Central Asian Historian," Asiatische Studien/Etudes Asiatiques LX:2 (2006), pp. 459-477.
“The Heavenly Stone' (Kök Tash) of Samarqand: A Rebels' Narrative Transformed," Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society 17/1 (January 2007), pp. 21-32.
"Prescribing the Boundaries of Knowledge: Seventeenth-Century Russian Diplomatic Missions to Central Asia," in Writing Travel in Central Asian History, edited by Nile Green (Indiana University Press, forthcoming in 2013).
Current Research Projects
- Turkic and Iranian Identities in Central Asia
- A history of the “Tribal Dynasties”
- Central Asian – Hindustani connections