• PhD, Cornell University, 2002

Research Interests

  • politics in contemporary Xinjiang
  • history of modern Xinjiang
  • historiography in China
  • nationalism and ethnic conflict

Courses Recently Taught

  • CEUS U320/H520 on various topics including:
    • The History of Xinjiang to 1911
    • From Colony to Kingdom to Province: Politics in Modern Xinjiang
    • The Politics of Identity in China and Inner Asia
    • Grave-robbers, Missionaries, and Spies: Foreign Adventurers in Chinese Turkistan

Awards and Distinctions

  • Clark Distinguished Teaching Award (Yale), 2000

Publication Highlights

  • "CCP Policies and Popular Responses in Xinjiang, 1949 to Present," in China's Management of Its Minorities, edited by Morris Rossabi, (Seattle:  University of Washington Press), forthcoming
  • "Contested Histories" (with Nabijan Tursun). In Xinjiang: China's Muslim Frontier, edited by S. Frederick Starr (Armonk: M.E. Sharpe, 2004), 353-74.
  • "Autonomy in Xinjiang: Han Nationalist Imperatives and Uyghur Discontent," Policy Studies 11 (Washington: East-West Center, 2004).  (64 pages)
  • "Contested Histories," (with Nabijan Tursun) in Xinjiang:  China's Muslim Frontier, edited by S. Frederick Starr, (Armonk:  M.E.  Sharpe, 2004) 353-74.
  • "The Not-So-Silent Majority:  Uyghur Resistance to Han Rule in Xinjiang," Modern China 28, no. 1 (2002):  pp. 39-78.
  • "The History of the History of Xinjiang," Twentieth Century China 26, no 1 (2001) pp. 95-139.