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Department of Social Anthropology



East Asia (China, Japan, Taiwan) and Inner Asia (Mongolia, Tibet); comparative colonialism and imperialism (pan-Asianism; diplomacy; alter/native urbanisation); ethnicity and nationalism (hybridity; national unity; collaborative nationalism); (un)sharing cultures and histories (Mongolia-Tibet interface; politics of friendship; national heritage regimes; translingual practices); socialist/post-socialist political forms and imagination (minority revolution; autonomous institutions and laws; frontier films).




2013 Co-editor. Trans-Continental Neighbours: A Documentary History of Mongolia-UK Relations. Cambridge: Mongolia and Inner Asia Studies Unit & Ulaanbaatar: Institute of International Studies and Institute of History, Mongolian Academy of Sciences.

2010 Collaborative Nationalism: The Politics of Friendship on China’s Mongolian Frontier. Rowman and Littlefield.

2006 The Mongolia-Tibet Interface: Opening New Research Terrains in Inner Asia (edited with Hildegard Diemberger). Leiden: Brill.

2003 Janggiya-a Qutughtu: A Mongolian Missionary for Chinese National Identification. (with Yang Haiying). Cologne: International Society for the Study of the Culture and Economy of the Ordos Mongols. (in Japanese)

2002 The Mongols at China’s Edge: History and the Politics of National Unity. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield.

1998 Nationalism and Hybridity in Mongolia. Oxford: Clarendon Press.

1995 Haudenosaunee Environmental Restoration: An Indigenous Strategy for Human Sustainability (co-authored on behalf of the Haudenosaunee Six Nations), published in partnership by Indigenous Development International, the United Nations & the University of Cambridge.


Select recent articles and book chapters

2012. “Independence as Restoration: Chinese and Mongolian Declarations of Independence and the 1911 Revolutions,” The Asia-Pacific Journal,Vol. 10, Issue 52, No. 3, December 31, 2012.

2012. ‘Rethinking Borders in Empire and Nation at the Foot of the Willow Palisade’ in Franck Billé, Caroline Humphrey & Grégory Delaplace (eds.) Frontier Encounters: Knowledge and Practice at the Russian, Chinese and Mongolian Border. Cambridge: Open Book Publishers, pp. 33-53.

2012 ‘Good Han, Bad Han: The Moral Parameters of Ethnopolitics in China‘. In Thomas S. Mullaney, James Leibold, Stéphane Gros, and Eric Vanden Bussche (eds.) Critical Han Studies: The History, Representation,and Identity of China’s Majority. Berkeley: University of California Press, pp. 92-109; 282-285.

2006 “Going Imperial: Tibeto-Mongolian Buddhism and Nationalisms in China and Inner Asia,” in Joseph W. Esherick, Hasan Kayali, and Eric Young (eds.) Empire to Nation: Historical Perspectives on the Making of the Modern World, Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield.

2006 “The Yearning for ‘Friendship’: Revisiting “the Political” in Minority Revolutionary History in China”. The Journal of Asian Studies. Vol. 64, No. 1. February.

2006 “The Regime of Affection: Inter-Ethnic Adoption and the Emotional Economy of National Unity in Contemporary China”, in David Sneath (ed.) Inner Asian Statecraft & Technologies of Governance. Bellingham: Western Washington Press.

2006 “Municipalization and Ethnopolitics in Inner Mongolia,” in Ole Bruun and Li Narangoa (eds.) Mongolians from Country to City, NIAS & Curzon Press.

2005 “Where is East Asia? Central Asian and Inner Asian Perspectives on Regionalism.” Japan Focus Newsletter (October 17 issue)

2004 “Inner Mongolia: Dialectics of Colonization and Ethnicity-Building”, in Morris Rossabi (ed.), China’s Minority Problems, Seattle: University of Washington Press.

2004 “Mongolian Modernity and Hybridity,” Minpaku Anthropology Newsletter. No. 19, December

2003 “Alter/Native Mongolian Identity: From Nationality to Ethnic Group”, in Elizabeth J. Perry and Mark Selden (eds.) Chinese Society: Change, Conflict and Resistance (2nd edition). London and New York: Routledge.

2003 “Mongolian Ethnicity and Linguistic Anxiety in China”, American Anthropologist, Vol. 105 (4).

2002 “From Yeke-juu league to Ordos municipality: settler colonialism and alter/native urbanization in Inner Mongolia”, Provincial China, Vol.7. No. 2.

2000 “Ethnic Resistance with Socialist Characteristics”, in Elizabeth J. Perry and Mark Selden (eds.) Chinese Society: Change, Conflict and Resistance. London and New York: Routledge.

2000 “Colonial Contradictions of Class and Ethnicity in ‘Socialist’ China”, Cultural Studies, 14 (3/4)

Teaching and Supervisions


SAN2: The foundations of social life: Anthropology and Politics

SAN6: Power, economy and social transformations: Political Economy of Nationalism

SAN4/7: Ethnographic areas: Inner Asia

SAN10: The anthropology of post-socialist societies: Anthropology of Socialism in China

MPhil Seminars: Production and reproduction: Anthropology and the Study of Economics

MPhil Seminars: Systems of power and knowledge: Anthropology and the Study of Politics


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