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Department of Anthropology

K. Anne Pyburn
  • Provost Professor, Anthropology Department
  • Adjunct Professor, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies
  • Director, Center for Archaeology in the Public Interest
  • Director, Chau Hiix Project, Belize
  • Principal Investigator, MATRIX Project
Ph.D., University of Arizona, Tucson, 1988
Research Interests:
rchaeology, settlement patterns, Maya, gender, ethics, archaeology and social context
Frances Trix
  • Professor, Department of Anthropology
Ph.D. in Linguistics, University of Michigan, 1988, M.A. in Linguistics, University of Michigan, 1976, M.A. in Near Eastern Languages & Literature, University of Michigan, 1972, B.A. in Near Eastern Languages & Literature, University of Michigan, 1970
Research Interests:
Islam in the Balkans, Discourse Analysis, Sufism, Disaster Studies, migration, gender

Department of Central Eurasian Studies

Christopher Atwood
  • Associate Professor, Department of Central Eurasian Studies
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of History
Ph.D., Indiana University, 1994, BA, Harvard, 1982
Research Interests:
Mongolian history; state building in Mongolian history, Sino-Soviet relations and Mongolia.
Ilhan Basgöz
  • Professor Emeritus, Department of Central Eurasian Studies
  • Professor Emeritus, Department of Folklore & Ethnomusicology
Ph.D, University of Ankara, 1949
Research Interests:
Oral literature, epics, romances; Asia, Near East, and Turkey
Gustav Bayerle
  • Professor Emeritus, Department of Central Eurasian Studies
Ph.D, Columbia University, 1966
Research Interests:
Sixteenth and seventeenth century Ottoman history, Hungarian history, and Ottoman philology.
Christopher I. Beckwith
  • Professor, Department of Central Eurasian Studies
Ph.D, Indiana University, 1977
Research Interests:
Ethnolinguistic history of Central and Eastern Eurasia, historical linguistics, typological linguistics, computational linguistics, and theoretical phonology
Ivan Bertenyi
  • György Ránki Hungarian Chair Visiting Professor, Central Eurasian Studies
Research Interests:
Gardner Bovingdon
  • Associate Professor, Department of Central Eurasian Studies
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science
  • Assistant Professor, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures
Ph.D., Cornell University, 2002
Research Interests:
Politics in contemporary Xinjiang; history of modern Xinjiang; historiography in China; and nationalism and ethnic conflict
Yuri Bregel
  • Professor Emeritus, Department of Central Eurasian Studies
Ph.D, Institute of Oriental Studies at the Academy of Sciences in Moscow
Research Interests:
The history of Islamic Central Asia
Jamsheed Choksy
  • Chair, Department of Central Eurasian Studies
  • Professor, Central Eurasian Studies
  • Professor, History
  • Professor, Ancient Studies
  • Professor, India Studies
  • Professor, Medieval Studies
  • Professor, Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies
  • Adjunct Professor, Religious Studies
PhD, Harvard University, 1991
Research Interests:
The religions of Central Asia, the Near East, and South Asia, with a special focus on Iranian studies
Shahyar Daneshgar
  • Senior Lecturer, Department of Central Eurasian Studies
  • Director, Silk Road Ensemble
Ph.D, Indiana University, 1995
Research Interests:
Languages and cultures of Central Eurasia and the Middle East; Iranian and Turkic linguistic and cultural contacts; ethnomusicology and the musical practices of the peoples of the Central Eurasia and the Middle East.
Devin DeWeese
  • Professor, Department of Central Eurasian Studies
PhD, Indiana University, 1985
Research Interests:
Islamic Central Asia, Soviet Central Asia, Sufism, Islamization, religions and Inner Asia, and Islamic hagiography
William Fierman
  • Professor Emeritus, Department of Central Eurasian Studies
PhD, Harvard University, 1979
Research Interests:
Politics of Central Asia, especially policies affecting language, Islam, and state identities
Kathryn Graber
  • Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow, Central Eurasian Studies
  • Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow & Research Associate, Anthropology
Ph.D., University of Michigan (Anthropology), 2012, M.A., University of Michigan (Russian and East European Studies), 2008, M.A., University of Michigan (Anthropology), 2006, A.B., University of Chicago (Linguistics and Anthropology), 2002
Research Interests:
Mass media, materiality and material agency, multilingualism, language shift and endangerment, anthropology of performance, historical anthropology, cultural and intellectual property, socialism and post-socialism, race and ethnicity; Mongolia and Russia, especially Siberia
Malik Hodjaev
  • John D. Soper Lecturer, Department of Central Eurasian Studies
Certificate, Moscow State Pedagogical Institute, 1980
Research Interests:
Modern Language Pedagogy and Linguistics, Intensive Methods of Teaching Uzbek as a Foreign Language, developing communicative audio, video, and multimedia teaching materials
Lynn Hooker
  • Associate Professor, Department of Central Eurasian Studies
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Folklore & Ethnomusicology
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Musicology Department, Jacobs School of Music
  • Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Central Eurasian Studies
Ph. D. University of Chicago, 2001
Research Interests:
Music and modernism, particularly in Hungary and in the careers of Béla Bartók and Franz Liszt; Eastern European minority issues, particularly those related to the Roma (Gypsies) and the minorities of Transylvania; gender in music and dance; national, transnational, and global identities, especially as seen though music
Rakhmonkhoja Inomkhojayev
  • Lecturer, Central Eurasian Studies
Doctor of Philology, Tashkent State Institute of Oriental Studies, 2005, Candidate of Philology, Institute of Oriental Studies of the Academy of Sciences of USSR, Moscow, 1980
Research Interests:
György Kara
  • Professor, Department of Central Eurasian Studies
PhD, ELTE University of Budapest, 1961, Candidate of Linguistics degree of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, 1967, Doctor of Philology, Leningrad State University, 1975
Research Interests:
Mongol and Inner Asian studies: languages and cultures, including Old Turkic, Tibetan, Manchu, Evenki, Khitan and Altaic philology, history of writing systems, Altaic linguistics., Mongol literature and folklore
Piibi-Kai Kivik
  • Lecturer, Department of Central Eurasian Studies
  • Language Coordinator, Central Eurasian Studies
M.A., Tartu University, 1997, M.Phil., Cambridge University, 1997
Research Interests:
Edward Lazzerini
  • Academic Specialist, Department of Central Eurasian Studies
  • Director, Denis Sinor Research Institute for Inner Asian Studies
  • Director, Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center
  • Adjunct Professor, Department of History
Ph.D., University of Washington, 1973
Research Interests:
Intellectual patterns and practices in the Volga-Ural region prior to 1931; commentary traditions and modernity; Crimea under Russian rule; and comparative empires (Russian, Chinese, and Ottoman)
Tserenchunt Legden
  • Senior Lecturer, Department of Central Eurasian Studies
MA, University of Humanity, Mongolia 1996
Research Interests:
Teaching Mongolian as a foreign language; Intensive teaching of foreign languages; Bilingual dictionary; Comparative study of Mongolian and English; The Phonology of Mongolian
Paul Losensky
  • Associate Professor, Department of Central Eurasian Studies
  • Associate Professor, Department of Comparative Literature
Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1993
Research Interests:
Persian literature and literary history, in particular the literature of the 16th and 17th centuries in Iran, India, and Central Asia; literature, architecture, and topography; Sufism and literature; comparative studies in the Baroque; translation and translation studies
Gulnisa Nazarova
  • Senior Lecturer, Department of Central Eurasian Studies
Doctor of Philosophy, Philology, Institute of Uyghurology, Academy of Sciences, Kazakhstan, 1992
Research Interests:
Uyghur language, Comparative lexicology of Turkic languages, Problems of Etymology, Ethnography, Methods of Teaching
Öner Özçelik
  • Assistant Professor, Central Eurasian Studies
  • Director, Center for Languages of the Central Asian Region
  • Director, Turkish/Turkic Phonology and Language Acquisition Lab, Indiana University
  • Chief Applied Linguist, Turkish/Turkic Flagship Program of the Department of Defense
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Second Language Studies
Ph.D., McGill University, Department of Linguistics, 2012, M.A. University of Pittsburgh, Department of Linguistics, 2006, B.A. Boğaziçi University, Department of Foreign Language Education, 2004
Research Interests:
Second language acquisition (with an emphasis on Turkish); Turkish and Turkic languages; phonology and phonetics (with an emphasis on prosody); prosody-syntax interface; phonology-morphology interface
Gedun Rabsal
  • Lecturer, Department of Central Eurasian Studies
Ganden Jangtse College, Mundgod, Karnataka, India, 1992
Research Interests:
application of modern pedagological theory towards the teaching of Tibetan
Toivo Raun
  • Professor, Department of Central Eurasian Studies
  • Adjunct Professor, Department of History
Ph.D., Princeton University, 1969
Research Interests:
Modern Baltic and Finnish history
Ron Sela
  • Associate Professor, Department of Central Eurasian Studies
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of History
  • Associate Professor, International Studies
  • Director of Undergraduate Studies, Central Eurasian Studies
Ph.D., Indiana University, 2004
Research Interests:
The history and historiography of Islamic Central Asia in the 16th-19th centuries; political and cultural self-representation in Central Asian sources, and Central Asia’s role in the history of the Islamic world
Kemal Silay
  • Professor, Department of Central Eurasian Studies
  • Chair Professor, Ottoman and Modern Turkish Studies
  • Director, Turkish Studies Program
  • Director, Turkish Language Flagship Center
Ph.D, Indiana University, 1993
Research Interests:
Ottoman philology, Ottoman court poetry, feminisms in Turkey and the Middle East, Turkish popular culture, Turkish oral literature, postmodernism, and social informatics
Elliot Sperling
  • Associate Professor, Department of Central Eurasian Studies
Ph.D, Indiana University, 1983
Research Interests:
Tibetan history and Sino-Tibetan relations
Mihály Szegedy-Maszák
  • Professor Emeritus, Department of Central Eurasian Studies
  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Comparative Literature
Ph.D., Eötvös Loránd University, 1967
Research Interests:
Hungarian cultural studies, comparative literature, Interacts studies, narratology, structuralism and translation, romanticism, nationalism, modernism and postmodernism
Mikko Taurama
  • Lecturer, Department of Central Eurasian Studies
Research Interests:
Valeria Varga
  • Senior Lecturer, Department of Central Eurasian Studies
M.A., Eotvos Lorand University, Budapest, Hungary
Research Interests:
Teaching Hungarian as a foreign language; teaching English language, methodology; and English-Hungarian bilingual education

Department of Economics

Michael Alexeev
  • Associate Professor, Department of Economics
PhD, Duke University, 1984
Research Interests:
Soviet-type economies in transition
Michael Kaganovich
  • Associate Professor, Department of Economics
Ph.D., Moscow State University, 1985
Research Interests:
Models of economic transition
Martin Spechler
  • Professor, Department of Economics
PhD, Harvard University, 1971
Research Interests:
Soviet-type economies, economies in transition, and comparative economics

Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology

Henry Glassie
  • Professor Emeritus, Department of Folklore & Ethnomusicology
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 1969
Research Interests:
Folk art and material culture; historical approaches; the United States, Ireland, Turkey, and Bangladesh

Department of Geography

Roman Zlotin
  • Professor, Department of Geography
PhD, Academy of Sciences (Moscow), 1970
Research Interests:
Soviet and Russian geography and the environment

Department of History

Ben Eklof
  • Professor, Department of History
  • Adjunct Professor, School of Education
Ph.D., Princeton University, 1977
Research Interests:
Modern (Imperial, Soviet post-Soviet) Russia; Education, politics and policy making in Russia; Russian daily life; Russian peasantry
Hiroaki Kuromiya
  • Professor, Department of History
B.A. at Tokyo University, 1977, M.A. at Tokyo University, 1979, Ph.D. at Princeton University, 1985
Research Interests:
Modern Eurasia
Kaya Sahin
  • Assistant Professor, Department of History
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Central Eurasian Studies
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures
Ph.D. at University of Chicago, 2007
Research Interests:
The institutional and ideological foundations of the Ottoman imperial praxis; Comparative studies of early modern Eurasian empires; Ottoman and modern Turkish historiography; The Ottoman-Safavid rivalry; Inter-cultural and inter-religious exchanges in early modern Eurasia
Jonathan Schlesinger
  • Assistant Professor, Department of History
  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Central Eurasian Studies
Ph.D. , Harvard University, 2012
Research Interests:
China and Inner Asia; Environmental history; Early modern empires; Race and ethnicity; Commodities and consumption

Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures

Çiğdem Balım Harding
  • Senior Lecturer, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures
  • Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures
  • Director of Language Instruction, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures
Ph.D., University of Washington, 1979
Research Interests:
Descriptive grammars of the Turkic languages of the world; language planning and language policies in Europe, Balkans, Middle East, Central Asia and the Caucasus
M. Nazif Shahrani
  • Professor, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures
  • Professor, Department of Anthropology
  • Professor, Central Eurasian Studies
Ph.D., University of Washington, Seattle, 1976
Research Interests:
Cultural ecology of nomadic pastoralism, State and society, Islamic movements, Identity politics, Social change and modernization, Muslim family and gender dynamics in Soviet and post-Soviet Central Asia, Afghanistan and Central Asia Research.
Abdulkader Sinno
  • Associate Professor, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures
  • Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
PhD, UCLA, 2002
Research Interests:
Civil wars; Ethnic strife and other Territorial conflicts; Muslims in Western Politics; Political Islam; Islamophobia

Center for Languages of the Central Asian Regions

Niyaz Kurban
  • Uyghur Language Developer
MA, Xinjiang University, 1996
Research Interests:
Historical linguistics/textual philology

Department of Political Science

Jack Bielasiak
  • Professor, Department of Political Science
Ph.D., Cornell University, 1975
Research Interests:
Post-Communist and East European politics

Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

Dodona Kiziria
  • Professor Emeritus, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures
Ph.D., Yale University, 1979
Research Interests:
Russian and East European film studies, Russian literature, Georgian language
Ariann Stern-Gottschalk
  • Director of the Summer Language Workshop & Lecturer
Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
Research Interests:

Department of Telecommunications

Herb Terry
  • Associate Professor, Department of Telecommunications
Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1976
Research Interests:
Telecommunications laws and policies, the values and ethical principles embodied in those laws and policies, and the political processes that produce them

Kelley School of Business

Marjorie A. Lyles
  • Professor, Kelley School of Business
Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, 1977
Research Interests:
International Business and China, International Strategic Management, Management of joint ventures and strategic alliances, Organizational Learning and Knowledge Management, Technology Management
Paul Marer
  • Professor Emeritus, Kelley School of Business
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 1968
Research Interests:
Eastern and Central Europe

School of Education

Arlene Benitez
  • Associate Director, Center for Social Studies and International Education
MA, California State University-San Bernardino, 2001
Research Interests:
Terrence C. Mason
  • Professor of Curriculum Studies and Director, Center for Social Studies and International Education
Ph.D., University of California at Los Angeles, Graduate School of Education, 1986, M. A., University of California at Los Angeles, Graduate School of Education, 1982, B.A., University of California at Los Angeles, 1972
Research Interests:
Martha Nyikos
  • Associate Professor, School of Education
Ph.D., Purdue University, 1987
Research Interests:
Sociocultural approaches to strategies-based language learning, models for professional teacher development and teacher resistance to change, and family language maintenance in the diaspora
Margaret Sutton
  • Associate Professor, School of Education
  • Faculty Affiliate, Department of Gender Studies
Ph.D., Stanford University, 1991
Research Interests:
Democratization and civic education, gender and education, and policy as practice

School of Journalism

Hans Ibold
  • Assistant Professor, School of Journalism
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Central Eurasian Studies
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Russian and East European Institute
Ph.D., University of Missouri, 2008, M.S., Shippensburg University, 1998, B.A., Evergreen State College, 1993
Research Interests:
Networked media and citizenship; media and cultural globalization; internationalization of higher education; identity and social media; global journalism; global citizenship; Central Asian youth culture.
Owen V. Johnson
  • Associate Professor, School of Journalism
Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1978
Research Interests:
The history of mass media in East-Central Europe
Christine Ogan
  • Professor Emerita, School of Journalism
PhD, University of North Carolina, 1976
Research Interests:
Communication technologies and international communication

Maurer School of Law

David P. Fidler
  • James Louis Calamaras Professor of Law
B.A. at University of Kansas, 1986, J.D. at Harvard Law School, 1991, M.Phil. in International Relations at University of Oxford, 1988, B.C.L. at University of Oxford, 1991
Research Interests:
Joseph Hoffmann
  • Harry Pratter Professor of Law, Maurer School of Law
  • Director of International Programs, Maurer School of Law
JD, University of Washington, 1984
Research Interests:
The death penalty, habeas corpus, and federal criminal law
Timothy William Waters
  • Associate Professor of Law
J.D. at Harvard Law School (cum laude), 1999, M.I.A in East Central Europe, international law at Columbia University, 1998, B.A. in English literature, communications (magna cum laude) at UCLA, 1989
Research Interests:
David Williams
  • Professor, Maurer School of Law
JD, Harvard University, 1985
Research Interests:
Constitutional law, Native American governance, and the second amendment

School of Library and Information Science

Akram Khabibullaev
  • Librarian for Middle Eastern, Islamic, and Central Eurasian Studies
Research Interests:
Wen-ling Liu
  • Librarian for East Asian Collection and Tibetan Studies
M.L.S. Indiana University, 1983
Research Interests:

Jacobs School of Music

Mary Goetze
  • Professor Emerita, Jacobs School of Music
PhD, University of Colorado, 1985
Research Interests:
Central Eurasian folk music, history and culture
Aida Huseynova
  • Adjunct Lecturer in Music
Ph.D. in Musicology, Saint Petersburg Conservatory, Russia, 1992, M.M. in Musicology, Azerbaijan State Conservatory, Azerbaijan, 1987
Research Interests:

School of Public and Environmental Affairs

Randall Baker
  • Professor, School of Public and Environmental Affairs
PhD, London University, 1968
Research Interests:
Comparative study on different perspectives regarding the way problems are perceived and handled, historical perspectives in the analysis of contemporary environmental and policy problems
Vicky Meretsky
  • Associate Professor, School of Public and Environmental Affairs
Ph.D., University of Arizona, 1995
Research Interests:
Ecology and management of rare species, biocomplexity, and landscape-level species and community conservation
John L. Mikesell
  • Chancellor's Professor, School of Public and Environmental Affairs
Ph.D., University of Illinois, 1969
Research Interests:
US state and local government finance, and budgeting

Department of Religious Studies

Jason Mokhtarian
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Religious Studies
  • Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies
Ph.D. at University of California, Los Angeles, 2011
Research Interests:
Ancient Judaism, Rabbinics, Jews of Ancient Persia, Talmud in its Iranian Context, Ancient Iranian Studies
Richard Nance
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Religious Studies
  • Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Religious Studies
Ph.D. at University of Chicago, 2004
Research Interests:
Indian and Tibetan Buddhism, Commentarial Rhetoric and Practice, Buddhist Philosophy in Comparative Perspective